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History A Level at Gateacre School

Course description

Why choose History?

  • History allows us to explore societies, individuals, ideas and values.
  • It is a subject that helps develop: analytical skills; communication skills; and research skills.
  • History is highly regarded by Employers and Universities.
  • The History department has a proud record of academic achievement. (In 2009 all AS and A Level students achieved pass grades).
  • History is FUN.

Course content

Year 12: Anti-Semitism, Hitler and the German People 1919 - 1945.

  • Did anti-Semitic propaganda influence people?
  • How did the Holocaust occur in a modern and civilised nation?
  • Are the German people partly responsible for the Holocaust?

Year 12: Tsarist Russia 1855 - 1917.

  • Could revolution have been prevented?
  • Why was the Tsar overthrown?
  • How did Lenin’s Bolsheviks seize power?

Year 13: Britain, 1865-1915.

  • Was Ireland heading towards a civil war?
  • How did Women gain the Vote?
  • Why did Britain enter the First World War?

Year 13: Historical Enquiry.

  • Students are also given the opportunity to investigate and produce an enquiry that focuses on a 100 year period.

Students follow the AQA A Level History course.

Entry requirements

  • At least 5 GCSE A*– C grades, including English Language.
  • It would be advantageous (but not essential) to have taken History at GCSE.


Year 12: Two written AS Examinations. (50%)
Year 13: One written Examination (30%) and one Historical Enquiry. (20%)

Future opportunities

History enhances career opportunities. History develops your understanding of people, important in any job where public relations are involved (teaching, broadcasting, banking, advertising or social work). Most helpful is the method of study, requiring as it does the analysis of material and preparation of reports. This method is appropriate to any profession requiring managerial skills (business, communications or education). The ability to present a lucid, coherent argument is valuable in law, journalism and politics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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