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History A Level at Ormiston Bushfield Academy

Course description

Studying history at A Level will give you a greater understanding of our present and gives you an insight into what will influence the future.

History is a versatile subject due to its wide-ranging content and method of study. It complements a combination of science subjects such as biology and chemistry as well as those that require critical analysis and discussion skills, such as English and philosophy.


Course content

  • In Year 12 you will undertake a broad exploration of how Germany has evolved from 1918 to 1989.
  • You will study the key political changes in a unified Germany and then in West Germany, and the impact of these changes on German economic, social and cultural developments.

    You will also look at the rise and fall of fascism, c1911–46, the turbulent years in Italy that saw the collapse of the Liberal state, the creation of a fascist dictatorship and a return to democracy in the aftermath of the Second World War.

  • In Year 13 we examine the British experience of warfare, c1790-1918, with a focus on the changing relationship between the state and the people.

    You will also complete coursework on the Cold War, to develop your skills in the analysis of interpretations of history as part of an independently researched assignment.

Entry requirements

Additional entry requirements  - Geography or History GCSE at C grade or above.

Future opportunities

A Level history usually leads onto Higher Education or various careers. Employers see your qualification in History as evidence of useful skills that can be applied to all sorts of situations. They will know you have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past and its relevance to current affairs and that you have an ability to communicate your ideas effectively.

Further information

Students who have followed this course have gone onto employment within Law, teaching, politics and journalism.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 October 2015
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Key information

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