What will I study?
History develops students’ independent thought and analytical skills and requires excellent communication skills. Students will be required to present the results of research both in independent work and in the context of group discussions. Wider reading is essential. The course comprises of three units. Two units are assessed by final examination, each worth 40% of the total A Level. The third unit is assessed by an historical investigation of 4000 words.
Unit 1: The Tudors: England, 1485–1603. This unit allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
• How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
• In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
• How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
• How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
• How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
• How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they by developments?
Unit 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945. This option provides for the in depth study of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as ‘right’ and ‘left’, nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments
work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.
Unit 3: Historical investigation. An independent research project on either 100 years of British warfare 1850-1950 or Tsardom to Communism: Russia 1860-1960.
Where will it lead?
There are many university courses available to students who have studied History at A Level, such as History, Ancient History, Classical Civilisation and Archaeology which could lead to a range of career possibilities from Museum Curator to Law and Journalism.