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History AS/A2 at Nicholas Chamberlaine School

Course description

This is a demanding course and students are advised that to have the best chance of success a grade B at GCSE History is expected. Students who do not achieve this tend to struggle with the demands of the course and are strongly advised to speak with the Head of History to discuss the matter further before making their choices.

Course content

Year 12

Unit 1 – USA, 1890-1945 - This unit provides an overview of US history in the period 1890–1945 as it responded to a series of challenges both from outside and within the USA.

Unit 2 – Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-45 - This unit provides an opportunity to investigate the impact of a dictatorship upon a complex modern society. The main emphasis will be on analysis and assessment of Nazi policies and their impact on various sections of society. Study of Nazi policy focuses on the use of propaganda, terror, legal power and social policy and will include the study of opposition to the regime in terms of non-conformity and resistance.

Year 13

Unit 3 – the Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007 - This unit promotes an understanding of change and continuity over approximately 50 years of British history, during which Britain enjoyed a period of post-war affluence and boom, followed by an era of reaction.

Unit 4 – Historical Enquiry into Stalin’s Russia – Students undertake a 100 years study on a question of their choosing guided by their teachers.



The A-Level course in Year 12 is assessed by means of two end of year examination papers each accounting for 25% of the full A-Level. In Year 13 the remainder of the A-Level is assessed by a further end or year examination (30%) and a controlled assessment piece of work (20%).

Future opportunities

History isa good background for a range of courses in higher education - especially useful for law, politics and history itself. History is an academic discipline that lets potential employers know that you have an analytical mind and well-developed communication skills. These are highly marketable and desirable.

Every year History students apply for a range of degree subjects in recent years these have included Law, Psychology, Criminology, Media, English Literature, International Relations and American Studies. We also have several who choose to study History.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 October 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years