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History (A Level) (AQA) at Wilson's School

Course description

The course looks at aspects of the 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries in Britain, Italy and Germany. The focus of the course is on contrasts - the failure of democracy and the rise of fascism in Italy and the rise of a secure parliamentary state in Britain against a background of repression and reform. For the coursework, we offer a study of Germany in the years 1870-1990. The focus is on whether Germany was on a ‘special’ path’ to Nazism or whether this period of history was in fact an aberration in the wider context of Germany History.

Course content

Lower Sixth units:

  • The Impact of Industrialisation: Britain, c.1783-1832 (including Pressure for Change, c.1783-1812, and Government and a changing society, 1812-1832)
  • The Crisis of Liberal Italy and the Rise of Mussolini, c.1900-1926 (including The Crisis of Liberal Italy, c.1900-1915, The Collapse of Liberal Italy and Mussolini's Rise to Power, 1915-1922, and Mussolini and the establishment of Fascist Italy, 1922-1926)

Upper Sixth units:

  • The Age of Reform: Britain, 1832-1885 (including Political change and social reform, 1832-1846, and Economy, Society and Politics, 1846-1885)
  • Fascist Italy, 1926-1945 (including Fascist Society, 1926-1940, Fascist foreign policies, 1926-1940, and Fascist Italy and war, 1940-1945)
  • Historical Investigation (A personal study based on Germany 1870-1990. Question: To what extent was the authoritarian nature of the Nazi regime an aberration in the context of German history in the years 1870-1990? 3,000-3,500 words)

Entry requirements

At least a grade 7 in History GCSE or at least a grade 7 in English Language or English Literature if History has not been taken.


AS Level examinations are taken at the end of the Lower Sixth year, covering the topics studied in this year.

A Level examinations are taken at the end of the Upper Sixth year, covering all topics studied in both years.

Future opportunities

People with history degrees are found in many walks of life, from government to local administration, from the boardroom to the theatre, from the high courts of justice, to journalism and to teaching. The study of History at A Level develops students’ critical thinking abilities and so the subject is very well-regarded by leading universities. You will learn skills of problem solving and argument formation, as well as analytical and research skills. History complements a number of A-Level and degree subjects, not just humanities.

Historians from Wilson’s frequently go on to study Law, Economics, Modern Languages, English, Medicine and Politics, as well as History, at university. A Level students from 2017 all achieved between Grade A* to B, and all went to one of their first two options of universities, including Oxbridge and several Russell Group universities.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wilson's School directly.

Last updated date: 19 December 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years