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History A level at Hartismere School

Course description

During your course you will learn:

·        about the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history;

·        how and why societies have changed over time;

·        about the theories of historians and the language that they use to discuss their ideas;

·        to understand the nature of historical evidence and the methods used by historians to analyse and evaluate it;

·        to develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented;


·        to express your own historical ideas confidently and effectively.

Course content

The components are:

• Component 1: Breadth Study

Part One: Absolutism Challenged: Britain, 1603–1649  Part Two: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649–1702

• Component 2: Depth Study

Part One: The Weimar Republic, 1918–1933

Part Two: Nazi Germany, 1933–1945



• Component 3: Historical Investigation (Personal Study) 

Students will be required to submit a Historical Investigation based on a development or issue which has been subject to different historical interpretations.

Entry requirements

It is not necessary to have studied History at GCSE level but a grade B in English is required for these students. For those that have followed the GCSE course a grade B or above is required.


AS is short for Advanced Subsidiary.  This is a standalone qualification studied for one year.  All Hartismere students will sit AS exams so that they can have as much choice as possible about the subjects they continue with in year 13.  All work in

year 12 is preparation for the full A level qualification which is taken at the end of year 13.  

Assessment in History is through a mix of exam and coursework. 

Future opportunities

Careers in law, personnel management, banking, the civil service and teaching. The study of History will enable you to develop skills essential in the modern world.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 September 2015
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