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What interests should I have if I want to take this course?

History is a challenging subject so a fascination with the past is an essential requirement for success.  You should be interested in the social, political, economic and cultural changes which took place in both Russia and Britain during the specified periods and you should also be prepared to research an area of particular interest to you so you can produce the Non-Examined Assessment which will be on anything you are interested in.

What minimum qualifications will I need to start the course?

4 in History & 4 in English & aps 4.

What will I learn about?

Component 1: Breadth Study: The quest for political stability: Germany, 1871–1991

Students will study issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence through the following key questions:

How was Germany governed and how did political authority change and develop?

  • How effective was opposition?
  • How and with what results did the economy develop and change?
  • What was the extent of social and cultural change?
  • How important were ideas and ideology?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

In the first year students will learn about the Kaiserreich under Wilhelm I and Wilhelm II and the transition to democracy after World War 1.  In the second year of the course students will learn about the fate of Germany under Hitler and the Nazis and the development of West Germany from World War 2 until the reunification with East Germany.

Component 2: Depth Study: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951–2007

Students will have the opportunity to study this fascinating period of modern British history.  They will focus on political and economic developments, British foreign policy, issues in Northern Ireland and social and cultural changes.
The course is split into six sections:

  • The Affluent Society, 1951–1964
  • The Sixties, 1964–1970
  • The End of Post-War Consensus, 1970–1979
  • The Impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987
  • Towards a new Consensus, 1987–1997
  • The Era of New Labour, 1997–2007

Component 3: Non-Examined Assessment

You will complete an historical enquiry, based on an investigation into any topic of your choice.  The only restriction is that your latest start date is 1807.  After you have completed the research you will then write up your work into an essay of around 5000 words.  This is an independent piece of work so it is essential that you have the self-discipline to be able to produce something so substantial, with the minimal amount of supervision.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1

  • 2 hours 30 minutes written exam
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A level

Component 2

  • 2 hours 30 minutes written exam
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A level

Component 3

  • 3500 to 5000 words
  • 40 marks
  • 20% of A level

What Teaching and Learning methods will be used?

History A-Level is taught using a very similar style to History GCSE.  You can expect to spend time in lessons doing a variety of different activities such as working in groups on presentations or debating the key questions.

What can I do when I complete my qualifications?

History A-Level is a very well regarded qualification because it requires an analytical writing style and the ability to remember large amounts of information.  As a result it is a facilitating subject meaning that it is accepted by the Russel Group Universities for access to their courses.  Obviously an A-Level in History is necessary to apply for a degree in the subject but it is also very important to have History if you are considering doing a Law degree.

How can I find out more information?

If you have any further questions please contact Ms Goodwin in the History Department.