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History A Level at St Ignatius College

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Year 12

Knowledge and understanding

In Year 12 students undertake two written exam papers following Route F:

  • Paper 1 is In search of the American Dream: USA, c1917-96.This has 5 sections, The changing political environment 1917-1980 with reference to the New Deal, Korea & Vietnam,. The quest for civil rights, including black American civil rights, Hispanic and Gay rights, Society and culture in change, including Immigration, the role of women and the Media Age; The quality of life and an Interpretation section on the Reagan Presidency 1981-89.
  • The second Paper is a Study in depth of South Africa from 1948-94 during its transition from white minority rule to the free elections of 1994, understanding the process in which it changed from an apartheid state into a multi-racial democracy, a ‘rainbow nation’.


To understand different identities within society. Develop an interest in and enthusiasm for History and an understanding of its value and significance in society. To ask questions about the past and improve as effective and independent learners. To organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching a substantiated judgment. Knowledge and understanding 

Year 13 students undertake one written paper which examines the British experience of warfare 1790-19188. There are breadth and depth topics which 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 attempts to create an effective fighting machine and prepare the people for war. This involves examining changes in organization and weapons, as well as the roles of Wellington and Nelson. It covers the Crimean War, 1854-56, The Second Boer War, 1899-1902, Trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914-18 and the war in the air, 1914-18. The coursework is an independently researched essay on a topic of choice, which challenges an Interpretation. Length 3-4,000 words.


Develop skills in analysis and evaluation of interpretations in history. Understand the nature and purpose of the work of an historian. Develop an understanding of the nature of historical study and make links and draw comparisons within and /or across different aspects of time.


  • Paper 1 In search of the American Dream: the USA, 1917–96 – Worth 30% 2 hours 15 minute exam compromises of 2 essay questions & Interpretation question on Reagan presidency.
  • Paper 2 South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’ –Worth 20% 1 hour & 30 minute exam compromises of a sources question and 1 Essay.
  • Paper 3 The British experience of warfare, c1790-1918 – Worth 30% , 2 hours and 15 minute exam compromises of a source question & 2 essays.
  • Coursework is an Independently researched enquiry analysing & evaluating historical Interpretations. – Worth 20%, a 4,000 word essay completed in school to be assessed internally.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Ignatius College directly.

Last updated date: 21 March 2017
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