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History A Level at Kemnal Technology College

Course description

You will learn skills such as formulating an argument, evaluating evidence, conducting independent research and essay writing. You will also be able to trace trends and themes across different time periods.

Course content

Year 12

Paper 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918-89

Paper 2: Spain, 1930-78: republicanism, Francoism and the re-establishment of democracy

  • Both units focus on the development of the political ideas of nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in the twentieth century in Germany and Spain. Both countries followed similar pattern of political change occurred – democratic government overturned by right-wing dictatorship, followed by a return to democracy. Democratic governments in Germany in the 1920s and in Spain in the 1930s failed to maintain stability in the face of social and economic hardships. They were all replaced by right-wing dictatorships: Adolf Hitler in Germany and General Franco in Spain, Franco having taken control after a savage civil war between the Republicans and the victorious Nationalists. Hitler would toppled by the events of the Second World War but Franco would remain dictator until his death in 1975. All of these major right-wing dictatorships would be ultimately replaced by democracies.

Year 13

Paper 3: The British experience of warfare, c1790– 1918

  • This unit explores the British experience of war in different aspects of major overseas conflicts and the changing relationship between the state and the people as the government attempted to create an effective fighting machine and prepare the people for war. Within the primarily military focus on the experience of warfare, this option also gives students the opportunity to explore its political, social and economic dimensions and their part in generating pressure for change. These themes are considered across the French Wars 1793-1815, the Crimean War, the Boer War and WWI. 


  • The purpose of this coursework is to enable students to develop skills in the analysis and evaluation of interpretations of history in a chosen question, problem or issue as part of an independently researched assignment. The focus is on understanding the nature and purpose of the work of the historian. Students will be required to form a critical view based on relevant reading on the question, problem or issue.

Entry requirements

C in English and a B in History GCSE.

Future opportunities

History is a course that gives you a good foundation for a range of professions, for example law, politics, the civil service, research, journalism and the media. History A Level is a valuable qualification for any literacy based or social science course at higher education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kemnal Technology College directly.

Last updated date: 27 October 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years