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History AS/A Level ( AQA ) at Allerton High School

Course description

What do Gordon Brown - Ex-PM, Prince Charles - Prince, Ali G - Comedian, Jonathon Ross - TV presenter, Steve Coppell - Football Manager, Lord Coe - London Olympics boss and Corinne Bailey-Rae-Singer, an ex AHS student. all have in common? They all studied History of course. So no more - “What can you do with history” or “I don’t want to be an historian.” You can be so many things with History due to the valueable skills which you gain from it. Analysing evidence, developing an argument, and making a judgement are all used by people in many different jobs, e.g. lawyers, doctors, journalists, accountants.  At A level you need range, balance and a subject that really counts with Universities. History is that subject.

History at Allerton High aims to offer an historical education which will challenge students and build upon their historical skills. Students have 9 hours of History a week and two different teachers. Although this is a two year course students can decide to just take the AS and do the exam at the end of the first year.

AS Level Option - If students opt to take just AS they study Units 1 and 2.  They will look at the same topics but only complete half of the course.  So Unit 1 would cover only Henry VI and Henry VIII and leave out Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I.  Unit 2 would only cover the Weimar Government and go up to Hitler becoming Chancellor and leave out the Nazis in power and their racial policies.  AS students would not study Unit 3 so there would be no coursework at this level.


Course content


Unit 1 - The Tudors: England 1485-1603

Students will study the 5 Tudor monarchs; Henry VI, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I (if studying to A2, please see note in course description).  We look at how they enhanced their power at home and abroad, the religious changes in the period as well as the plotting and backstabbing that went on in the Tudor court!  The course will give students a fascinating insight into the lives of these monarchs, their personalities and problems.

Unit 2 - Democracy and Nazism 1918-1945

Students will study the establishment of the Weimar government and its golden age and collapse.  At A2 They will then build on their knowledge and understanding of Hitler's dictatorship, its impact on the people as well as its racial policies.  This unit offers a gripping insight into a turbulent time in Germany's history.

Unit 3 - Historical Investigation - Communist Russia 1855-1953

Students must select an historial investigation topic based around Communist Russia which includes the dictators Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev.  They can select their own area of interest within this topic, such as the causes of the Russian Revolution, the Terror, or opposition and rivalries.  They must use 3 primary sources to answer their own historical enquiry with the support and guidance of staff.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of 5 9-4 Grades at GCSE including English and Maths with at least a grade 5 in English Language and History.


Both Units 1 and 2 are examined externally at the end of Year 12 if students have opted for the AS course or at the end of Year 13 if they have opted for the full A level course. Please note that students must achieve a grade D or higher to progress to Year 13.  Unit 3, the historical investigation, is a piece of coursework based around interpretation and 3 primary sources.


Future opportunities

If you decide to go to university or college and you have other qualifications, you could take a Degree or a BTEC Higher National in subjects such as History, Politics, Law, and Journalism

(Or just look at the careers of those people mentioned above!)

Further information

For further information please contact Ms Sweeney at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770.

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: 13 June 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770