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History provides students with an excellent range of skills including those of analysis, synthesis and communication. The nature of the subject teaches students to present coherent and effectively argued evaluations of historical problems, taking advantage of up to date research and developing their own powers of judgment. History isn’t a subject that’s stuck in the past; far from it.
Historical events are what have shaped society worldwide into what it is today.

In the new AQA syllabus, A level students must take assessments in all three of the following components:

  • Unit 1: Breadth Study
  • Unit 2: Depth Study
  • Unit 3: Historical Investigation (Personal Study)

Students must:

  • study the history of more than one country
  • study a minimum of 20% British history
  • study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years

We intend to study the following units;

Challenge and transformation: Britain, c1851-1964
The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations

  • 2 hours 30 minutes written exam
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A level
  • Two sections
  • Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations (30 marks)
  • Section B – two from four essays (2 x 25 marks)

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945
The study in depth of a period of major historical change or development and associated primary evidence

  • 2 hours 30 minutes written exam
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A level
  • Two sections
  • Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period (30 marks)
  • Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

Non-British Historical Investigation
A personal study based on a topic of student’s choice

  • 3000-3500 words
  • 40 marks
  • 20% of A level
  • marked by teachers
  •  moderated by AQA

Challenge and transformation: Britain, c1851-1964

  • Challenge and transformation: Britain, c1851–1964
  • Reform and challenge, c1851–c1886
  • Challenges to the status quo, c1886–1914
  • The Great War and its impact, 1914–1939
  • Transformation and change, 1939–1964

Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945

  • The Establishment and early years of Weimar, 1918–1924
  • The Weimar Republic’s Golden Age, 1924–1928
  • The Collapse of Democracy, 1928–1933

Nazi Germany, 1933–1945

  • The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933–1939
  • The impact of Nazism for the German People, 1933–1945
  • The Racial State, 1933–1945

Those familiar with the job market and those who have gained qualifications in history will tell you that, in fact, History is a well-respected qualification among employers who value the skills learnt while studying the subject. In addition to gaining a broader ‘world view’, History students are able to develop their skills of analysis, a methodical approach to problem solving and the ability to present reasoned argument. Yet in global terms the importance of History can be seen to transcend the world of employment.

The subject is not a confined academic discipline; rather it looks at our attempts to make sense of the people, world and problems around us. It is only by studying the past that we will ever truly understand the major issues and problems facing us today.

Your A level in History gives you knowledge and skills which will prepare you for higher education, and which are also useful in any career. Students who specialise in history can go on to become historical researchers, work in heritage organisations or become teachers but history also supports other career paths, like journalism, politics, law, social work and public services.


There is also the possibility to become involved in Sixth Form Discussion group, write articles for our own magazine or take part in the Lessons From Auschwitz programme.