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History A Level at Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth

Course description

Why study History?

  • History provides us with an opportunity to understand world events.
  • History develops your skills of critical analysis and the ability to express ideas, knowledge and interpretations clearly and coherently.
  • The study of History trains you to select relevant information, assess the validity of an argument, think and write logically, make informed judgments about controversial issues and present a well-ordered case backed by supporting evidence.

Course content

Aspects of Welsh and English History, c1780-1880:

You will study aspects of Welsh and English history over a period of 100 years. You will have to consider the process of historical change, its causes and consequences, both in the long and the short term, and the way such change over time has been interpreted.

Germany, Democracy and Dictatorship c1918-1945:

You will be required to study in depth a range of historical issues and problems relating to Germany. You will be required to consider a range of perspectives including political, social, economic and religious issues.

The American Century c.1890-1990:

You will be required to study an extended period of 100 years focusing on continuity, development and change. Your will consider the process of historical change and its causes, consequences and significance, both in the long term and the short term.

Year 12

Unit 1: Politics, Protest and Reform in Wales and England c.1780-1880

  • The growing pressure for parliamentary reform 1780-1832
  • The changing response of the government to political and social pressures 1812-1830
  • The significance of the threat from rural and urban protest 1830-1848
  • The extent and impact of social and economic reforms 1833-1848
  • The changing fortunes of political parties and leaders 1830-1880

Unit 2: Democracy and Dictatorship c. 1918-1945: Part 1: Weimar and its Challenges c.1918-1933

  • The challenges facing the Weimar republic 1918-1923
  • The extent of change in foreign and economic policy 1924-1929
  • The changing fortunes of the Nazi party 1924-1933
  • The crisis of the Weimar republic 1929-1933
  • Historical interpretations of the period

Year 13

Unit 3: The American Century c.1980-1990

  • The struggle for Civil Rights, c.1890-1990
  • Making of a superpower, c.1890-1990

Unit 4: Germany: Democracy and Dictatorship c.1918-1945: Part 2; Nazi Germany, c.1933-1945

  • Further developments in the Nazi control of Germany after 1933
  • The impact of Nazi racial, social and religious policies 1933-1945
  • The effectiveness of Nazi economic policy 1933-1945
  • Changing Nazi foreign policy and the Second World War 1933-1945

Unit 5: Internal Assessment

  • Historical interpretation


Unit 1:

  • 20% of A Level
  • Written examination: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • containing two open ended essays

Unit 2:

  • 20% of A level
  • Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Questions based on evaluating sources and historical interpretations

Unit 3:

  • 20% of A Level
  • Written examination: 1hour 45 minutes

Unit 4:

  • 20% of A Level
  • Written examination: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Questions based on a source and an essay question

Unit 5:

  • 20% of A Level
  • Course work, internal assessment

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ysgol Maes y Gwendraeth directly.

Last updated date: 14 December 2016
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