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History A Level at Southern Consortium Sixth Form

Course description

  • Develop their interest and enthusiasm for historical study
  • Acquire a deeper understanding of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity.
  • Develop independent learning skills and critical thinking.
  • Become advanced communicators through written and oral presentation.
  • Develop skills of debating, rhetoric and argument.
  • To ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them in depth.
  • Develop their own views and judgements about the past by reflecting on historical evidence and the work of other historians.
  • Develop an advanced vocabulary of terms relating to past and current society, culture, economics and politics.
  • Make links and draw comparisons within and across different periods and aspects of the past.

Course content

Students will build on their understanding of the past from GCSE by studying a broad range of modules on modern history:

Paper 1: Germany and West Germany 1918-1989 (Y12)
This module traces the vast changes in German society, politics, culture and economics through the most turbulent of centuries. Students will explore the shifts in political power from the failed democratic experiment of the Weimar Republic, through the chaotic and destructive years of the Third Reich and concluding with the return of modern democracy and the fall of the Berlin Wall.

Students will also be presented with the opportunity to explore the heated historical debates about the nature of the Nazi state and Hitler’s own personal power within it. They will be asked to consider How far Hitler’s foreign policy was responsible for the Second World War.

Paper 2: The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy, c. 1911–46 (Y12)

Paper 2 provides an in depth study of the turbulent years in Italy that saw the collapse of the liberal state, the creation of a fascist dictatorship and a return to democracy in the aftermath of the Second World War.

Students will gain deep understanding of the extent and nature of the profound political, economic and social changes experienced by the Italian people in the years 1911–1946 and how the failure to create a stable, democratic Italian state in the early twentieth century led to the rise of a new political ideology and a personal dictatorship.

Paper 3: Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain, c.1780-1928 (Y12 & Y13)

This module delves deep into the heart of our own democracy to explore the relationship between popular protest and agitation and political representation. Students will gain a deep understanding of the UK’s political establishment and also a broader understanding of the processes that brought it to its modern form.

In light of the current changes to British politics this module has never been more relevant. As well as examining the nature of historical change and continuity, it will equip students with some of the political vocabulary and critical insight they will need to be active, democratic and politically minded citizens of the UK.


Paper 3: The British Experience of Warfare 1790-1918 30%

This option gives students the opportunity to explore the ways in which major overseas conflicts impacted on the participants and on those back home, on how such conflicts brought about change to the organisation of the army and navy, and to the role of central government in drawing the general populace into support for, and involvement in, such conflicts.

Students will explore the significance of key figures such as Nelson and Wellington in the Napoleonic Wars and Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole in The Crimean War. They will also engage in a fierce debate about the extent to which soldiers in the First World War were ‘Lions led by Donkeys’.

Paper 4: Coursework: The Origins of the First World War (Y13)

In this module, students will research and write their own historical essay. The coursework module focusses around the issue of how and why the First World War, one of the greatest calamities to affect the modern world, began.

Students will be asked to develop their skills of research, reading and note-taking in preparation for writing an advanced and analytical piece of writing. This extended piece of research and writing will provide excellent preparation for degree courses and future careers.

Entry requirements

Students must meet the Consortium minimum entry criteria for A Level courses, that is, a GCSE Grade C and above in English and Maths, as well as a minimum of GSCE grade C’s and B’s (point score of 41.5).


80% examination and 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

A qualification in A Level History allows students to develop analytical, evaluative and critical skills which prepare them very well for a wide variety of future careers. A Level History is valued by many professional careers, including accountancy, law, education, social work, the civil service, insurance and financial services. These employers highly value A Level History students’ ability to research, read and write to a high level, study independently, solve complex problems and analyse information.

Students with an A Level History Qualification are equipped to study a broad array of university degrees in the Arts and Sciences, including Law, History, Archaeology, English, Geography, Economics, Psychology and Sociology.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southern Consortium Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 30 November 2017
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    • At the Jo Richardson School, our motto “Success for All” underpins everything that we do at the school and puts the students’ achievements at the centre of our vision.  We have a commitment to the highest academic standards combined with a wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities aimed at enhancing the opportunities offered to all our students.

      Working with our colleagues as part of the Southern Consortium, sixth form subject staff are well qualified to teach A level and vocational courses and excel in bringing out the best in all the students they work with. They are dedicated to working hard and providing a high level of professional teaching. There are staff responsible for the mentoring and care of students through a tutor group system and a range of opportunities for one-to-one guidance and support.

      We want our students to feel happy, secure and enjoy coming to school. We are committed to forming positive relationships with parents and keeping them informed of students’ targets and progress.  Alongside our extensive range of A level courses we also offer practical, work-related courses. There are opportunities for community service, young enterprise, sport, music, drama, university visits, careers advice and plenty of social events. We provide a programme of academic events for students to improve their study skills, chances of getting to university and self-confidence.

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      The Consortium provides a friendly and efficient bus service, which is free to students, that moves students at lesson changes between Consortium school sites.