If you choose to study A Level History, you will have the opportunity to study
units examining two very different periods of time. This option allows students
to study a breadth of issues focusing on: continuity, cause and consequence.
The course focuses on three units.
Component 1 being The Tudors through the following key questions:
• How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the
• In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
Component 2 studies Democracy and Nazism in Germany, 1918–1945.
This option provides for the study in depth 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.
Component 3 students must also complete a historical investigation, which
must be independently researched and written by the student, take the form
of a question in the context of approximately 100 years and be presented in
the form of a piece of extended writing of between 3000 and 3500 words in
length. Current topic of choice is the Civil War.
Component 1: Breadth of Study: Written Exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
Component 2: Depth of study: Written Exam 2 hours 30 minutes
Component 3 Historical Investigation: Internally assessed
A minimum grade 5 in History GCSE an/or a grade 5 in English GCSE
History is the story of human behaviour. History is about people, their
ambitions, actions and responses to events. It is relevant to our lives as it
has shaped the world we live in today. It is important because it develops a
range of analytical and communications skills that compliment a wide range
of other subject choices such as: English, Politics and the Social Sciences.
Top universities in all subject areas prefer students who have undergone the
academic training provided by a History A Level.