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AS/A2 History at St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form

Course description

In year 12 students will study:

  • The Tudors 1485-1603. This year will predominantly be spent studying the reigns of Henry V11, Henry V11 and Edward V1
  • Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-45. This year will predominantly be spent studying the history of Weimar Germany from the end of World War One to the coming to power of the Nazis.

In year 13 students will study:

  • The Tudors 1485-1603. Finishing the course by focusing on the rigns of Mary 1 and Elizabeth 1. Religious, economic, governmental and foreign policy issues will be explored. Revision of the whole course will be undertaken before the A Level exam.
  • Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-45. Finishing the course by studying life in Germany under the Nazi regime. Economic and social policies will be examined along with Nazi racial policy. Revision of the whole course will be undertaken before th A Level exam
  • A piece of extended coursework based on the relationship between Britain and Ireland in the 19th and early 20th century. This will include the study of figures such as Parnell, O'Connell and Collins and will focus on events such as the Easter Rising and the Home Rule Act.

Course content

 Students will learn through reading of historians, discussion of historical problems and interpretations, independent research and group projects.

Students will have deepened their understanding through debate with peers and the teacher. They will also take part in role-play exercises. Past examination papers and examiners’ reports will also be used to foster sound understanding.

Students will have opportunities to enhance skills of communication, problem-solving and ICT. Websites, film and documentaries will be used as teaching resources


Entry requirements

Grade B pass in English or History at GCSE




In Year 12 students wil sit two exams. The first willbe a combination of essay and source based questions, the second will be essay based and response to historical interpretations.

In Year 13 students will sit two futher exams which are slightly extended fron the AS style of exam using more sources and interpretations and with a larger scope of content.

Additionally, students will complete an historical investigation as a coursework unit covering a one hundred year period of history concerning the rise of Irish nationalism.


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Future opportunities

History is a traditional, academic A level subject that is very well respected by universities. The evidential and analytical skills practised are particularly useful for a career in the law. However, communication and higher level thinking skills are also invaluable for a range of other careers including journalist, archivist and administrator


Further information


Lessons in The Trinity Sixth Form are taught in two blocks, a morning and an afternoon, with a flexible lunchtime in between. Some students will find that all of their subjects will be taught in the same school, while others may choose subjects taught in another school.

Transport will be provided during the lunchtime, so you don't have to worry about getting from morning to afternoon classes.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic College - Trinity Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 02 March 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: 7042

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mark Stevens
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01782615636
    • Email address: