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History Pathway A: Dynasty, Democracy and Dictatorship A Level at Hinchingbrooke School Academy

Course description

Why Study History?

History is for you if you have an interest in the world around you, the society you live in, and how it has developed, if you like learning about people, how they interact and what motivates them, and about different countries, societies and cultures. It is for you if you have an enquiring mind and the ability to weigh up evidence or arguments, enjoy discussion, debate and argument, like to think for yourself and develop your own views, and enjoy research and analysing material to check for bias and propaganda.

Course content

What Does The Course Involve?

You can study one of two courses at A level, Pathway A and Pathway B.  Both pathways are of equal level of challenge; they are designed to give you a choice about what you study and reflect the broad range of expertise that our large and popular department has. They are examined in exactly the same way so you will need to make the decision based on what interests you.

Pathway A "Dynasty, Democracy, and Dictatorship"

Paper 1 - Breadth Study

  • England - The Tudors: England, 1485 - 1603

The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations. Examined Unit

Paper 2 - Depth Studies 

  • Germany - Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945

The study in depth of a period of major historical change or development and associated primary evidence. Examined unit


  • Russia: The making of modern Russia, 1856 - 1964

In this unit you will carry out an historical enquiry on Russian History.  


Entry requirements

What Are The Entry Requirements?

Five 4s. 5 in History GCSE, if taken. If not, needs departmental approval. 5 in English.

Only one History course out of History A and History B can be taken.


How Will I Be Assessed?

Exam Board: AQA. The course consists of three units – two are examined at the end of Year 13 and a coursework unit.

Future opportunities

The skills you will obtain through studying History will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to History (e.g. working in galleries, museums, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching), or in areas such as journalism, law, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.

Further information

For further information please contact the Head of Department ( or 01480 375700 ext 5761)

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 14 January 2019
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Course code: HiA