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History A Level at Twyford CofE High School

Course description

Students must have a genuine interest in History and enjoy the challenges of extensive reading and writing.

Course content

The Tudors: England 1485–1603
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and
consequence in this period through the following key questions: How effectively did the
Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy? I n what ways and how effec-
tively was England governed during this period? How did relations with foreign powers
change and how was the succession secured? How did English society and economy
change and with what effects? How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and
with what effects? How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how
were they affected by developments?

Democracy and Nazism; Germany: 1918–1933
This option provides for a study in depth of a period of German history during which
a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as ‘right’ and ‘left’, nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti–Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE History and Grade 6 in English (Literature or Language)


Year 12
The course is assessed through four internal quarterly assessments on each component, with each component contributing 50% to the overall grade.
Component 1 - The Tudors: England, 1485-1547
Component 2- Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1933
Year 13
The A Level is assessed through an examination on each component, in addition to the
Historical Investigation. There will be three internal quarterly assessment focussing on
Components 1 and 2 before the external summer A Level exams.
Component 1 - The Tudors: England 1485-1603
Component 2 - Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918-1945
Component 3 - Historical investigation. This is a personal study (coursework) of 3000
- 3500 words focussing on Tsarist and Communist Russia.

Future opportunities

An A level in History reveals an ability to think, analyse and present information- this is a valuable skill required for many occupations, including Law, Journalism and Politics.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 14 December 2017
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