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History A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

History is the study of our past which is essential if we are to avoid repeating our previous mistakes. Knowledge of our past is one of the things that defines our civilization.

Why study History?
History is a discipline that combines a wide range of skills applicable to many other subjects and occupations. History is a much respected subject and it is fun.

Course content

Two units are studied at AS Level and the content is designed to give a clear understanding of fundamental issues in the development of Britain and Europe. At A2 these two units are extended for a longer time period and a third coursework element is added to develop independent research skills.

AS Modules

Unit 1 – The Tudors: England 1485-1547 This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period.
- Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty under Henry VII.
- Society and Economy under the Tudors.
- Henry VIII, Government: Crown and Parliament, ministers, domestic policies including the establishment of the Royal Supremacy

Unit 2 – Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1933 This option provides for an in depth study of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime.
- The establishment of democracy after WWI.
- The ‘Golden Years’ of the Weimar Republic.
- The collapse of democracy and rise of Nazism.

A2 Modules

Unit 1 – The Tudors: England 1547-1603
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period. All the material from the AS Unit is covered in the examination plus Part Two: England - Turmoil and Triumph.
- Instability and Consolidation: 'The Mid-Tudor Crisis'.
- The Triumph of Elizabeth, 1563–1603.

Unit 2 – Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1933-1945 This option provides for the in depth study of a traumatic period of German history. All the material from the AS Unit is covered in the examination plus:
- The Nazi Dictatorship 1933-1945.
- The Racial State.
- The Impact of War.

Unit 3 – Historical Investigation (Coursework) The Making of Modern Russia 1856-1964
This is a coursework unit based around a central theme. Students have a great choice in deciding which aspect they may wish to concentrate upon.

Entry requirements

A range of good GCSEs is required and GCSE History is not compulsory for this course.

Future opportunities

Most A Level History students go on to study degrees. History complements a wide range of other subjects; it is particularly linked to Law degrees. History is also the most common A Level amongst Government ministers, journalists and increasingly businessmen and solicitors.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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