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A Level History at Boston Spa Academy

Course description

Course Outline:

The course is split into three modules – two examinations (which are taken at the end of Year 13) and one historical investigation (internally inspected)


HIS1G – Challenge and Transformation: Britain c1851-1964 (2:30m work 80 marks)

In Year 12 we investigate the political upheaval of 19th century Britain in terms of political, social and economic changes and the challenges to the government in the form of Trade unions and Radical pressure groups. Students who continue with History to A2 will study how the Graet Wars of the 20th century transformed Britain.

HIS2Q The American Dream: Reaity or illusion, 1945-1980 (2:30hrs worh 80 marks)

In Year 12 we study in depth the challenges faced by the USA both home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War and investigate the extent to which all Americans experienced 'the American dream'. We cover key concepts and ideas about American identity, communism and equality. Students who continue to A2 will focus on the latter part of the time period (1963-1980) and the success and failures of both the Johnson and Nixon presidencies and home and abroad.

Historical Investigation (3000-3500 words worh 40 marks taken at A2)

In this we look at all the reasons for and interpretations of the creation of Germany as a single country in 1871. Close attention is paid to the role of Otto von Bismarck in achieving this and how historians have interpreted his influence on events.




Course content

Independent Study Tips:

Read for at least 30 minutes every day for each module on issues studied in class to develop a deeper understanding of each module.

Entry requirements

GCSE History Grade B/5 (English Grade 5 or English Lit Grade 5)



Y12: Two exams (HISIG Challenge and Transformation: britain c1851-1964, HIS2Q The American DReam: Reality or illusion, 1945-1980) taken at the end of AS. Both units are worth 50% of the AS.

Y13: Two exams (HIS1G Challenge and Transformations: Britain c1851-1964 woth, HIS2Q The American Dream: Reality or Illusion 1945-1980) taken at the end of A2 Additionally you complete a 3000-3500 word Historical Investigation worth 20% of the A level in June on HIS3N ‘Aspects of International Relations 1945-2004’ worth 60% of your A2 grade, 30% of your total A Level grade. Additionally you complete a 3,000 word Historical Research Enquiry worth 40% of your A Level grade.

Financial information

One textbook for each module (from £10 new).

Future opportunities

Higher Education Progression:

A-Level History is essential for History degrees and is highly regarded by top universities. It combines well with Government and Politics, English, Economics, Business Studies, Languages and Psychology at A-Level and suits similar courses at university degree level.


Career Opportunities:

Seen as a useful qualification in most, if not all professions – especially law, media, banking, journalism, public relations, advertising, public sector administration, teaching and many more.

Further information

Contact Boston Spa Sixth Form on 01937 846612

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 January 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years