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History A Level at Mascalls Academy

Course description

Key events from the 19th and 20th centuries and a personal investigation in Year 13 into events that pre-date 1750.

Course content

A Level - Years 1 and 2

This course runs for two years.  The breadth study is called the ‘Making of a Superpower’ and centres on the history of America between 1865 and 1975.

Students will study important issues that turned the USA from a country that was locked into an ideology of isolationism into a world superpower. The course focus is on change, continuity, and cause and consequence.

Whilst studying this unit the students will investigate key questions such as how the government, political authority and political parties change and develop; how did the role of the USA in world affairs change, and how united were the States during this period?

The course includes a depth study module entitled "Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906-1957".
In this module the students will study how the Liberal Party dealt with the crisis it faced after 1906, the impact of the Great War on the political and domestic life of Britain, the ‘Hungry Thirties’, the People’s War and Peace 1939-1951 and how far did Britain emerge as an affluent society between 1929 and 1957.
The course also includes a non-examined assessment, the historical investigation, which is be based on an historical topic that pre-dates 1750.
This is a challenging but rewarding piece of work which helps develop extended writing skills and serves as a strong introduction to undergraduate study of the subject.

Entry requirements

Whilst study of History at GCSE is preferable it is not essential. If GCSE history has been taken, a leve 5+ must have been achieved.

Level 5 or above in English Language or Literature is also required as well-developed writing techniques are necessary for this demanding course.


For the A Level course the student will undertake two written exams of equal weighting at the end of Year 13. One will be on the depth study whilst the other is on the breadth study.

For the A Level course, the qualification is awarded based on two exams which are taken at the end of Year 13 and the result of the historical investigation.

The weighting of the modules are 40% breadth study, 40% depth study and 20% historical investigation.


Future opportunities

History is a popular subject for higher education and through its development of transferable skills will enable you to pursue many potential career paths.

History graduates have gone on to careers in journalism, teaching, the civil service, politics, banking and business.

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 2018
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