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A-Level History

A-Level History

The study of History in the sixth-form is for anyone who has an interest in the past and its relevance to the present. You need an enquiring mind and an ability to communicate ideas effectively.

“A generation which ignores history has no past and no future”

- Robert Heinlein.

1. British Period Study: Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603-1660

Assessment:  This is assessed by an examination of 1½ hours and is worth 25% of the A Level.

Content: This is an in depth period study focusing on the Stuarts and the outbreak of the Civil War. This paper also involves a source based study on the Execution of Charles and the Interregnum. The enquiry section is be based on extracts from historical documents.

Period Study: The Early Stuarts 1603-1646

  • James I and Parliament
  • James I and Religion
  • Charles I 1625-1640
  • Charles I and the victory of Parliament 1640-1646

Enquiry Topic: Execution of Charles and the Interregnum 1646-1660

  • The failure to achieve a settlement 1646-1649
  • Commonwealth and Protectorate
  • The Restoration of Charles II

2. A non-British study: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963


This is assessed by an examination of 1 hour. Candidates answer one question from a choice of two. This is worth 15% of the A Level course. 


This theme focuses on the changes that took place in Germany between the end of WWI, the rise of Hitler and the division of Germany after WWII.  


  • The establishment and development of the Weimar Republic: 1919-Jan 1933
  • The establishment of the Nazi dictatorship and its domestic policies Feb 1933-1939
  • The impact of war and defeat on Germany: 1939-1949
  • Divided Germany: The Federal Republic and DDR 1949-1963

3.  Historical themes: Civil Rights in the USA, 1865-1992


This is assessed by an examination of 2½ hours. Candidates answer two questions from a choice of three. This is worth 40% of the A Level course.  


This theme focuses on the struggle of citizens in the United States to gain equality before the law. Learners should understand the factors which encourage and discourage change during this period.


  • African Americans
  • Trade Union and Labour Rights
  • Native Americans
  • Women

4. Topic Based Essay: Nazi Germany

Students will complete a 3000-4000 word essay on a question related to Nazi Germany that assess the students ability to complete an personally researched and produced investigative essay on a question of their choosing.

5x A*- C including English and Maths and B grades or above if the subject has been studied at GCSE

At least a B in GCSE History and GCSE English. A willingness to read more widely beyond the work set in class is essential.

Employers value qualifications in history as it equips you with skills that are necessary in higher education and the workplace. You will gain skills at communicating your knowledge and will have a better understanding of the world. Many successful people in all walks of life have a history degree. For example, Prince Charles, Gordon Brown, Mike Atherton. Jonathan Ross, Ali G and Shakira.