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History Route B A Level at The Norton Knatchbull School

Course description

Dictators, assassinations, burnings, rebellion, global warfare and the word of God are some of the key themes that students will study as part of route B. There are 3 components in this linear A-Level: two examined topics and one coursework topic. In Component 1 students will study the newly unified Germany from 1871 through wars, democracy and division until reunification in 1991. Students who have studied German history before will be able to see how the Weimar and Nazi periods fit into the wider context of German history.

Component 2 sees students having to pick their way through the religious and governmental intrigue of the 16th century to discover what actually drove change in the period. Students will be able to weigh up the relative importance of religious doctrine in changing England against the importance of political factors like the monarchy. How much did the people of England shape their own future? These are all questions that will be covered in an in-depth course stretching from 1539-1570, covering 4 monarchs, 5 rebellions, numerous wars and countless beheadings.

The coursework element will cover the evolution of warfare 1880-2000. Students will be offered a range of possible questions so as to follow up their own particular area of interest in military development. This could take the form of an analysis of how far military strategy and tactics have developed and the causes/consequences of this over the period, or it could even be an assessment of the extent to which armoured warfare has changed over the 20th Century.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 6 in History. History students require a keen interest in events which have shaped the politics and society of the world. You will need to be willing to discuss the topics in lesson and work/read independently in order to strengthen the work done in lesson. Students should also be prepared to present, occasionally, their findings. You should also have an interest in developing your understanding of the historian’s craft: analysing and evaluating the value of sources and the validity of various interpretations.


• Component 1: 1L The quest for political stability: Germany, 1871–1991(40%, examination end of Y13: 2 hours 30 minutes)

• Component 2: 2D Religious conflict and the Church in England, c1529–c1570 (40%, examination end of Y13: 2 hours 30 minutes)

• Component 3: The Development of Warfare 1880-2000 (20%, coursework)

Future opportunities

History, Law, Journalism, Sociology, Business, Politics, International Relations, Archaeology, Media, English, Education, American Studies, Heritage Studies, Ancient History, Medieval Studies, Social History. Students who would like to study History A-level are invited to state their preference from two options: our long-running Route A and a new Route B. Please note that the school will do everything it can to ensure students’ preferences are met.

Route A will run next year, as usual. The History Dept has run it for the last two years (with great success) and we have two-years of resources for it, already in place.

Route B will only run if there is enough demand for both routes. While applicants to the History A-level may state their preferred route, they should apply to study History A-level at NKS, only if they are prepared to study either route.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September