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A Level History at The Boswells School

Course description

Unit 1: Historical Themes in Breadth (50% of AS) (1hr 20 min exam)

The Rise of Hitler and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945
The Rise of Fascism and Benito Mussolini: Italy 1896-1943

In this unit you will look at the rise of Fascism in Europe in a comparative manner by studying the rise to power of Adolf Hitler and the Nazi Party as well as the rise of Benito Mussolini in Italy. You will then look at what life was like under both regimes and consider the reasons for their rise and eventual fall.

Unit 2: British History Depth Study (50% of AS) (1hr 20 min exam)

British History 1945-90: From Churchill to Blair

In this unit you will look at life in Britain at the end of the last century by considering the key developments that took place from 1945-90. This will mainly include an analysis of the strengths and weaknesses of various governments. You will look at the main political parties and their leaders during this period.

A2 History

Unit 3: Historical Themes in Breadth (60% of A2) (2hr exam)

The United States 1917-54: Boom, Bust and Recovery

In this unit you will look at life in the USA between 1917-54. You will look at the key developments which took place and will consider the economic boom of the 1920s, Wall Street Crash as well as President Roosevelt and the New Deal. You will also analyse aspects such as Prohibition, the rise of gangsters and the Ku Klux Klan. The unit will finish by analysing the impact of World War 2 on America.

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry (40% of A2 - 4,000 word coursework)

Rebellion in Tudor England, 1486-1589

To finish off the A Level course, you will produce a piece of extended coursework. This will be based on a Tudor England, 1485-1603. You will then produce two, 2000 word enquiries; one will look at an issue in depth whereas the other will place this into a longer term developmental context. The theme of the unit is the cause and nature of rebellion. While it is a course on 16th century history much ado is made of isolating common features of rebellion and revolution throughout history.

A Level History is a rigorous and well-respected subject by universities and employers alike. The Russell Group universities place History within their first category of prized subjects. Given this, History A level graduates can go on to pursue almost any university course within the Arts.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Boswells School directly.

Last updated date: 26 September 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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