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History AS/A2 Level at Netherthorpe School

Course description

The course will provide students with a greater understanding of how the world we live in today has evolved.

There are many enrichment opportunities provided by the department to support student experience of history such as lectures at Manchester University, trips to Sheffield University library, guest speakers and a visit to Auschwitz in Poland.

The department also runs the Historical Society, giving pupils an opportunity to experience alternative histories that are not taught on the curriculum. For students wishing to study history at university we also offer the Edexcel extended project which allow pupils to complete a historical study on any time period of their own historical interest.

Course content

Unit 1: A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century: 6H101/D-A study of the fall of the Romanov dynasty, the rise of Bolshevism and politics and life under the communist rules of Lenin and Stalin.

Unit 2: British Political History in the 19th Century: 6H102/B-A social and political historical study of Poverty and Public Health in 19th century Britain.

Unit 3: The Challenge of Fascism: 6H103/D-A study from Kaiser to Fuhrer-You will analyse the historical debate regarding who was to blame for the outbreak of WWI, the reasons for the German Revolution in 1918, Weimar Germany and the rise of Hitler and the impact the Nazis had on Germany.

Unit 4: Coursework: 6H104-An Historical Enquiry of ‘Protest and Reform 1815-1918’. This enquiry traces 100 years of monumental political change in Britain. It is the story of how Britain became a democracy. It covers iconic protest movements such as the Chartists and the Suffragettes.

Entry requirements

A-level History students are expected to have achieved a Grade C in GCSE History. We also welcome students who have not previously studied History as long as they have a good range of GCSE results.

Good reading and writing skills are very helpful


AS LEVEL In Year 12 students will sit 2 exams (1 essay paper and 1 source work paper).

A2 LEVEL In Year 13 students will sit 1 exam (combination of essay and source-work) and undertake a Personal Enquiry, based on a combination of class-work and individual research

Future opportunities

The skills which the student will acquire by following a course in A-level History will equip him/her for a variety of options after leaving the Sixth Form.

Higher Education will be at the forefront of many students' minds but A-level History also opens the door to a range of employment - from law to banking, from teaching to management, from the Civil Service to journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years