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History A Level at Dereham Neatherd High School

Course description

The new course will see students focus on nationalism, democracy, dictatorship and authority, helping understand the world that surrounds us today.

Course content

The first unit in year 12 will see pupils study the development of Germany from 1918, the emergence and death of the Weimar Republic, the chilling rule of Hitler, the division of Germany into east and west and finishing with the fall of the wall in 1989. This unit will help pupils gain a detailed understanding of how a key European power has changed so much throughout the 20th century. This unit is worth 30% of the A-level, or 60% of the AS-Level.

The second unit in year 12 will see pupils examine the often ignored Spanish Civil War, which many historians suggest should be seen as the start of the Second World War. Students will examine how the fledgling democracy was plunged into conflict in 1936; explore how Hitler and Mussolini tested new weapons supporting Franco and the rebel forces; explore how the conflict was viewed on an international level, and finally will examine how - after his victory - Franco shaped Spain until his death in 1978. This unit is worth 20% of the A-Level, or 40% of the A-Level.

In year 13 pupils will explore rebellion and disorder under the Tudor monarchs, from 1485-1603. Pupils will explore the different challenges faced by British monarchs over this period, assessing the threats posed and exploring the causes of uprisings. This unit is worth 30% of the A-Level.

In year 13 pupils will also complete coursework that will examine the development of civil rights in the USA. Pupils will be required to focus their own enquiry question around a central theme and will be required to research in depth the relevant information.

Entry requirements

Minimum BBCCC including B in History GCSE.


The A-level course will see you sit three exams at the end of year 13 and complete one piece of coursework. The AS-level course will see you complete two exams at the end of year 12.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Dereham Neatherd High School directly.

Last updated date: 14 July 2015

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