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History A-Level at Smestow School

Course description

Students study aspects of British, European and World History from the AQA Examination syllabus (Advanced GCE in History (7042)). Events and developments studied must span a period of at least two hundred years. Students will investigate the following units:  The British Empire: 1857-1967  Democracy and The Weimar Republic and Nazi Germany: 1918-1945  Controversies in British History: 1066-1650

Course content

Unit 1H: The British Empire 1857-1967  Why did the British Empire grow and contract?  What influenced imperial policy?  What part did economic factors play in the development of the British Empire?  How did the Empire influence British attitudes and culture?  How did indigenous peoples respond to British rule?  How important was the role of key individuals and groups? Unit 2P: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-45  The Establishment and early years of the Weimar Republic, 1918–1924  The Weimar Republic's Golden Age, 1924–1928  The Collapse of Democracy, 1928–1933  The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933–1939  The impact of Nazism on the German People, 1933–1945  The Racial State, 1933–1945 Unit 3: Historical Investigation: Controversies in British History: 1066-1650 This is an area currently in development for 2016. It is proposed that students receive a short taught course on historical controversies. They will then choose from a wide variety of ‘big debates’ in British history to investigate taken from the period 1066 - 1650.

Entry requirements

A-Level History is an extremely challenging academic subject and a huge step up from GCSE. B grades in English and History GCSE options are a minimum requirement. A GCSE grade of ‘A’ in History would be a reliable indicator that the applicant has the ability to cope with the demands of higher level study. Passion for the subject and an enjoyment of reading and writing are absolutely essential.


A-Level History is now a linear-assessed course. All exams will take place at the end of two years’ study in Year 13. No AS-Level option will be offered. Unit 1 - Written Exam – 2 hr 30 mins (40% of final grade) Unit 2 - Written Exam – 2 hr 30 mins (40% of final grade) Unit 3 - Coursework – An extended essay of 3000-3500 words total (20% of final grade)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 11 June 2015
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