Examination board: Edexcel
Nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in twentieth-century
Breadth study with interpretations: You will study Germany and West Germany, (1918-89) in breadth, focussing on thematic developments and changes over this broad timescale with the content being presented chronologically. You will also study historical interpretations around the extent of responsibility of Hitler’s foreign policy for the Second World War.
Depth study: You will study the rise and fall of Fascism in Italy, c. 1911-46, in depth and gain an thorough understanding of profound political, economic and social changes that occurred in this period.
Rebellion and disorder in early modern England and Russia 1881-
Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: You will study rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603 looking at how Tudor monarchs extended their power and control and responded to rebellions. The aspects in breadth focus on long-term changes and contextualise the aspects in depth which focus more on key episodes.
Coursework: You will complete an independently researched enquiry on historical interpretations. This enquiry will analyse whether by 1924 the Russian people had exchanged one authoritarian regime for another. While your teacher will teach a broad overview of the chosen period, you will be able to choose an aspect within this period which particularly interests you, upon which to base your enquiry and conduct your own research.
Paper 1 (30%) Germany and West Germany, c.1918-89
Paper 2 (20%) The rise and fall of Fascism in Italy, c. 1900-46
Paper 3 (30%) Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, c.1485-1603
Coursework (20%) Analysing the extent to which by 1924 the Russian people had exchanged one authoritarian regime for another
What kinds of students are most suited to this course?
What career or higher education options might this course lead to?
History is regarded highly as a “facilitating subject” and will help you gain entry to top universities. You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in history, or to degrees in related subjects such as Law, Politics, English Literature, International Relations, Law, Anthropology, Economics or Geography.
A level history will give you a number of skills relevant to many types of employment, such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand.
The skills you will obtain through studying history will be useful in a number of careers, either directly related to history (e.g. working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching), or in areas such as law, research, accountancy, banking, management, journalism, media, libraries, national and local government and the civil service.
What other courses often combine successfully with this?
Everything has a history and no arts or science subject can fail to be enriched by an awareness of how it has been applied to human society through the ages. You may have already studied the history of scientific ideas as part of your GCSE and so will be aware of this.
History combines well with maths and science subjects to create an attractive portfolio of subjects for a student to move on to a science based course. Combined with English and the social sciences it would provide a good basis for arts or humanities based courses.
The Russell Group universities regard history highly and favour applications with these keystone subjects.
What extra-curricular activities support this course?
You will be encouraged to visit the British Library and British Museum as well as Hampton Court Palace. In recent years we have conducted tours to China, Moscow and Berlin. There is a department discussion group, a Twitter feed and a wide range of resources are available in the LRC and on Teams to support students in the sixth form.