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History AS & A Level at Bishop Douglass School

Course description

The A Level History course aims to stimulate interest in and promote the further study of History.

The course focuses on Germany and The Stuarts. There is also the opportunity to produce an individual piece of historical research on a topic of your choice for A Level. Candidates will be encouraged to develop skills in handling historical sources.

Course content

Unit 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702

  • Absolutism Challenged: Britain, 1603-49
  • Monarchy restored and restrained : Britain, 1649-1702

Unit 2: Democracy and Nazism 1919-1945 

  • The establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918-1924
  • The ‘Golden Age’ of the Weimar Republic 1924-1928
  • The Collapse of Democracy, 1928-1933
  • The Nazi dictatorship 1933-39
  • The Racial State 1933-41
  • The Impact of War 1939-45

Unit 3: Historical Enquiry 

  • Personal investigation of a chosen topic over a 100 year span. Individual research will be overseen by the teacher in class and as tutorial sessions.

Entry requirements

dents should have achieved a Grade C or above for History at GCSE level and a Grade C in English.

Students who have not taken History at GCSE level should have achieved at least a C Grade in Geography or Sociology and English


  • Unit 1D: Stuart Britain: Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1707  
    40% of A Level
    Written paper 2 hrs 30 min
  • Unit 2O: Democracy and Nazism 1919-1945 
    40% of A Level  
    Written paper 2 hr 30 min
  • Unit 3: Personal investigation 
    20% of A-Level  
    Personal investigation of a chosen topic over a 100 year span

Future opportunities

History is long regarded as a subject of weight and merit. It is academic in nature yet teaches students many worthwhile skills such as analysis of text, the nature of argument and debate and of course, increases their subject knowledge on individual topics. In short, it creates independent learners. It is a good qualification for the professions – law, media, accountancy, journalism, public relations to name a few.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bishop Douglass School directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2016
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