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History A level at JFS

Course description

There are no prior knowledge requirements for the course, but a general awareness of 20th Century European History would hold a student in good stead.

Course content

Year 12

The course in the first year covers German history from the end of the First World War to the fall of the Berlin Wall. It looks at Germany’s fall to and recovery from Nazi rule as well as its subsequent division under Communist and Capitalist rule.  We will also study the rise of right wing dictators in either Italy or Spain as a way of thinking about the ideological battles that were taking place in Europe in the first half of the 20th Century.

Year 13

In the second year we do a course work which will focus on an area of historiographical debate and an exam based course that will focus on the British Empire including the American Revolutionary War, India, Canada and the treatment of the Aboriginal people in Australia.

Entry requirements

We would expect you to have achieved at least a B in History and level 5 in English and English Literature.  You need to enjoy reading about and researching historical events.


There is a coursework essay in the second year. Apart from this the course is assessed through essays under exam conditions. Some essays focus on historical knowledge and analysis while others focus on the ability to contextualise and interpret sources, whilst still others focus on the historical debates around a particular topic.  This is a new mode of assessment and gives students a rigorous briefing in the major skills of an historian.

Future opportunities

History is considered a ‘Blue Chip’ ‘A’ Level. Success in this subject shows that you have developed analytical skills and can articulate an argument. With this in mind it is an excellent grounding for any humanities based further study. Anyone who is considering a career in Law or a similar professional field such as the Civil Service and because of its analytical nature, can prove an excellent companion choice for a science orientated course of study.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 November 2016
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