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History A2 level at Wren Academy

Course description

The best reason for taking a history course is that the past fascinates you and you enjoy studying it. History combines the excitement of exploration and discovery with the sense of reward born of successfully confronting and making sense of complex and challenging problems. The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts, but to find patterns and establish meaning through the study of evidence. Studying history is a chance to explore crucial aspects of human experience in the past, and to explain:

  • continuity and change in the life of individuals and societies;
  • how governments control and mobilise societies;
  • how conflicts between states, between the sexes and between different ethnic groups arise and are resolved;
  • how society is organised at the level of the family, community, and nation.

Course content


Component 1 (50%) Examination

Breadth Study

The High Water Mark of the British Empire, c1857–1914

  • The development of Imperialism, c1857–c1890
  • The development of Imperialism, c1857–c1890

Component 2 (50%) Examination

Depth Study

Weimar Republic, 1918–1933

  • The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918–1924
  • The 'Golden Age' of the Weimar Republic, 1924–1928
  • The Collapse of Democracy, 1928– 1933


Component 1 (40%)

Breadth Study

Imperial retreat, 1914–1967

  • Imperialism challenged, 1914–1947
  • The winds of change, 1947–1967

Component 2 (40%)

Depth Study

Nazi Germany 1933-45

  • The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933–1939
  • The Racial State, 1933– 1941
  • The impact of War, 1939– 1945

Component 3 (20%)

Historical Investigation. Students conduct their own personal historical investigation.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in GCSE History and English are required to qualify for the course.


The course is assessed by examination and controlled assessment. In Year 12 students will take two exams both which are 90 minutes long and are equally weighted to form 50% of the AS. In Year 13 students will take two exams, both of which are 2 ½ hours and each make up 40% of the final A2 grade. The final 20% is awarded on the component 3 historical investigation mark.

Future opportunities

Historians are trained in clear thinking, diligence and the ability to understand people and situations in the world at large. The research and analysis skills prepare students for a wide range of university courses and career options. Employers are well aware of the versatility of historians. There are numerous careers where history is an important qualification including such professions as accountancy, librarianship, banking and commerce, the law, publishing, museums and art galleries and a wide variety of social work. Many historians also enter the business world through management training schemes and others go into careers in the civil and local government services.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wren Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years