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History A Level at Newton Abbot College

Course description

The History AS and A Level courses enable you to learn about the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history. You will undertake a breadth study and a depth study investigating two different historical eras. You will learn about the theories of historians, the language they use to discuss their ideas, and the methods they use to interpret and analyse historical evidence. You will also develop skills which enable you to construct effective and well supported arguments.

Course content

During the first year students will study two topics which are examined.  The first is The Quest for Political Stability in Germany, 1871-1929. This will include areas such as:

  • Bismarck and the unification of Germany;
  • The Kaiserreich (1871-1914);
  • The Weimar Republic (1914-1929).

Students’ second unit of study will be The War of the Roses (1450-1471) which will cover:

  • The origins of the conflict and fall of the House of Lancaster;
  • The war of the Barons (1459-1461);
  • The triumph of the Yorkists (1461-1471).

These are assessed in two exams at the end of Year 12.

The second year will extend the study of these two units. Students will cover ‘The Quest for Political Stability in Germany, 1929-1992’ including:

  • The Nazi experiment (1929-1949);
  • Division to unity: the Federal Republic of Germany (1949-1992).

Study of The War of the Roses also continues and will include:

  • The reign of Edward IV;
  • The downfall of the Yorkist Monarchy;
  • The end of the Yorkist dynasty.

Both units are assessed in exams at the end of Year 13 which cover the content from both years of study.

The final area of study is the coursework element, focusing on an aspect of Russian History from the period 1855-1953. Students carry out an historical investigation and produce a piece of coursework of approximately 3000 words in length.

Entry requirements


Students must have achieved a minimum of Grade 4 or above in both English and Mathematics and Grade C (equivalent) in at least 3 other GCSE/Level 2 qualifications.


C Grade or above in GCSE History.


Future opportunities

An A Level in History can be used towards the entry requirements of many degrees and is particularly useful for those wishing to go on to study Law, Politics and Journalism.

History is also a useful area of study for many careers such as Teaching, Public Services and museum/archaeological work.

The study of History specifically develops both analytical and research skills as well as the ability to work independently. Moreover, History deepens our understanding of human behaviour and why the world is as it is today.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newton Abbot College directly.

Last updated date: 05 October 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years