History A level

Social Sciences

Social Sciences
Social Sciences
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What will you be working towards?

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Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

You will need a broad and enthusiastic interest in the political, social and economic developments which have helped to shape Britain and the Modern World. You should also enjoy studying a range of different historical periods and individuals.

Details

OPTION 1: 

You will study three topics. The first is a thematic breadth study that charts German history from 1918–1989, with a historiographical focus on Hitler’s foreign policy and its culpability in causing the Second World War. In addition, students will explore the rise and fall of Fascism in Italy between 1911 and 1946. In both cases, you will need to investigate political, economic and social change and analyse why Fascist dictatorships formed with such success in Europe during the first part of the 20th century. You will also need to study the actions and characteristics of the Fascist dictators Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. The focus of the third unit of study centres on British history and the protest and rebellion that developed during the Tudor period. In particular, you will consider the differing types of rebellion that came about as a result of the question of succession, religion, economic issues, Mary Queen of Scots and Ireland.

You will complete a coursework unit that focuses on a historical controversy related to your studies. This coursework assignment is designed to test your historical skills and understanding and will challenge you to consider and critique a range of different interpretations.

OPTION 2:
You will study three topics. The first relates to conflict and revolution in Britain between 1625 and 1701, including the English Civil War and the Cromwellian Protectorate as well as the Restoration of the monarchy. In addition, students will then study Russia in revolution between 1894 and 1924. In both cases, you will need to explore political and social change and analyse the factors that led to revolutionary change. You will also need to study the actions and characteristics of individuals including King Charles I, Oliver Cromwell and Lenin. The focus of the third unit of study centres on Britain’s changing experience of warfare between c.1790–1918. Students will explore the British experience of war in different aspects of major overseas conflicts and the changing relationship between the state and the people as the government attempted to create an effective fighting machine and prepare the people for war.
 
You will complete a coursework unit that focuses on a historical controversy related to your studies. This coursework assignment is designed to test your historical skills and understanding and will challenge you to consider and critique a range of different interpretations.

How will it be delivered?

Either Option 1:
  • One examination paper with a focus on Germany and West Germany between 1918 and 1989
  • One examination paper with a focus on the rise and fall of Fascism in Italy between 1911 and 1946
  • One examination paper with a focus on rebellion and disorder under the Tudors
  • One extended coursework task that will be completed as a part of your Year 13 studies

Or Option 2: 

One examination paper with a focus on Britain, 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement 
  • One examination paper with a focus on Russia in revolution, 1894–1924 
  • One examination paper with a focus on The Golden Age of Spain, 1474–1598
  • One extended coursework task that will be completed as a part of your Year 13 studies

Entry requirements

It is expected that students wishing to take this course will have achieved at least Grade 6 in GCSE History.