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History A Level (AQA) (Block D) at The Folkestone Academy

Course description

History offers an exciting mix of time periods and issues to study. The first part of this course allows you to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions: How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy? In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period? How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured? How did English society and economychange and with what effects? How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects? How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

The second part provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as 'right' and 'left', nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti- Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages your reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.

Finally, the purpose of the Historical Investigation is to enable you to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the first two elements. Through undertaking the Historical Investigation you will develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work.

Course content

This course comprises three units, all of which are mandatory and two of which are assessed externally.

Unit 1 - Breadth study: the Tudors: England, 1485-1603

Unit 2 - Depth study: democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1933.

Unit 3 - Historical investigation: a personal study based on a topic of your choice.

Entry requirements

GCSE at Grade 6+ in History. Candidates without a Level 2 qualification in History will be considered through interview.


Written examination (2 h 30 m) – externally assessed (40%)

Written examination (2 h 30m) – externally assessed (40%)

Non-exam assessment – internally assessed (20%)


Future opportunities

Employers value an advanced qualification in History. It is particularly relevant to careers in journalism, business and management, law, education, heritage and the civil service. A survey published in 2003 found that history was the most common degree subject taken by managing directors of British companies.

Further information

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 November 2017
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