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History A Level at John F Kennedy Catholic School

Course description

The focus is on decisive change both for the state and the church. Topics include 16th century England, where you will explore themes of monarchy and government, popular resistance and religious change. Students will also study Martin Luther’s challenge to the Catholic Church and how it fractured the unity of Western Christianity, laying the foundations for religious conflict over the next five hundred years.

In Y13 you will explore the Irish struggle for independence in the 19th century and set this in a wider political, economic and social context. Finally, your coursework will focus on the nature of dictatorship and its impact on social, racial and international relations. You will analyse the extent of Hitler’s rule and its implications both for wider Europe and Nazi racial policies, culminating ultimately in the Holocaust.

History A Level works well with subjects like politics, economics and English, while it can also complement the sciences or maths for those students looking for a contrast. Overall, the course will develop your skills in problem-solving, critical thinking, analysis and evaluation. You will need to have an inquisitive, enquiring mind, be happy to work both independently and with others, and enjoy constructing arguments based on sound evidence.  

Course content

Edexcel specification:

Y12 Paper 1: England 1509-1603. Tudor monarchs – their personality, their politics and the religious and social changes.

Y12 Paper 2: Luther and the German Reformation 1515-1555. The causes of the Reformation and why it was able to spread.

Y13 Paper 3: Ireland 1774-1923. The campaign for Home Rule, its impact on mainland Britain and the ways in which the country’s economy and society changed.

Y13 Coursework: Nazi Germany, the Holocaust and Hitler’s intentions for world war. A 4,000-word essay analysing historians’ interpretations.

Entry requirements


Grade C or above in history

Future opportunities

Studying history is useful for a wide ranging number of careers, including law, journalism, politics, media and teaching

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John F Kennedy Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 15 November 2016
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