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History A Level at Herne Bay High School

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Like any other Advanced Level examination, this History course is in two parts.

Advanced Subsidiary (AS) – this section will be taught in Year 12 only with an examination at the end of the year.

A level – this is a two year course with the assessment at the end of Year 13

Each module has its own unit assessment.  These come in the form of examinations and, in the case of the Historical Investigation, an extensive piece of research.

This is an academic subject which is highly valued by Higher and Further Education establishments as well as being a useful qualification for those who wish to enter professions like Law, the Civil Service, The Police, Teaching and employment related to management.

This course offers breadth and scope for students to investigate topics on both English and European History.  Furthermore, in Year 13 students are able to choose an area of history that they have a particular interest in and produce a quality piece of coursework to accompany the examination modules.  This Historical Investigation allows students to research a wide range of media including texts, feature films, archive footage and historical journals.  You will need to be prepared to read widely and work hard on your own initiative.  In addition, you will need to be willing to discuss your ideals with others in the group.  Obviously you will need to be genuinely interested in History.


Entry requirements

Normally 5 GCSE grades in the range of A*- C/9-4, including Maths, English (Minimum Grade B )and History at grade B/5



AS Unit 1

The quest for political stability - Germany, 1871 - 1929

This unit examines how Germany became a major European power after unification in 1871. It explores how Germany’s leaders took the country into the First World War and the reaction to the humiliation of defeat in 1918 that led to the rise of the Nazis.

Examination - June 2018

AS Unit 2

The War of the Roses, 1450 -1471

This unit is an in-depth study of how, in the 15th century, the English monarchy was torn apart by disputes over which branch of the royal family, the House of Lancaster or the House of York, should govern the country.

Examination - June 2018

A Level Unit 1

The quest for political stability - Germany, 1929 - 1991

In addition to the AS unit (above), students will study the impact of Nazism and war on the German people under Adolf Hitler. Then the period after the Second World War will be looked at when Germany became divided into East and West Germany before reunification in 1991.

Examination – June 2019

A Level Unit 2

The War of the Roses, 1471 -1499

In addition to the AS unit (above) students will continue to explore the turbulent years of civil war between Yorkist and Lancastrian factions. The reign of Richard III, the story of the princes in the tower and the triumph of Henry Tudor will all be examined.

Examination – June 2019

A Level Unit Historical Investigation

Students will produce a piece of extended writing based on historical research on a topic of their choice.

Coursework carried out – Jan – May 2019


Financial information

There may be a charge for visits or trips etc.

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in History, which could lead onto higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working for a museum or within education such as a teacher. You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification that will help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for. You could take this course with other advanced level courses or equivalent to prepare for higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics , Archaeology or more general courses. The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking for.

Further information

To continue studies into Year 13 students will need to achieve the required threshold in the end of year assessments along with Head of Department approval.

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: 17 October 2017
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