History A level

History A level

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Course Overview

‘The past is a foreign country. They do things differently there.’ (L. P. Hartley)

History is an essential subject for understanding the world in which we live and how and why we have arrived here.
History is a highly-respected academic discipline which develops skills of knowledge, understanding, analysis, evaluation, empathy, interpretation and synthesis.
Above all, History is fun and exciting. The past should be brought to life.

Entry Requirements:

A grounding in History is a good idea – preferably a Grade B or higher at GCSE History, but it is not essential. If you have not studied History, you should have a comparable grade in English or another Humanities subject.
You need to have a good level of English, both written and spoken, and you should be prepared to think analytically and to discuss your ideas and views. You need diligence and commitment too, like for any subject at Advanced Level.

Course Content:

The specification we follow is from the WJEC.
Advanced Subsidiary Level (Year 12):

• Unit 1: Government, Rebellion and Society in Tudor Wales and England: 1485-1603.
• Unit 2: Weimar and its Challenges: 1918-1933.

Advanced Level (Year 13):

• Unit 3: Changing Leadership and Society in Russia: 1881-1999.
• Unit 4: Nazi Germany: 1933-1945.
• Unit 5: Non-examination Assessment – self-supported assignment on the Historical Interpretations of the most contentious topic in History – the Origins of the First World War to 1914.


Year 12:

• Unit 1 – Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes (20%).
• Unit 2 – Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (20%).

Year 13:

• Unit 3 – Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (20%).
• Unit 4 – Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes (20%).
• Unit 5 – Non-Examination Assessment (coursework) (20%):

Where can the study of History at Advanced Level lead you?

Previous Advanced Level History students have progressed to study many different courses at University. These include traditionally-associated subjects, including of course, History, along with Archaeology and Law.
In addition, students with History have progressed to study English, Economics, Geography, Medicine, Languages, Psychology and Politics.


Excursions will include such exciting places as the First World War Battlefields of Belgium and France and historical Berlin.

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