Course: AS and A-Level


Exam board: AQA


Entry Requirements: A*-B in GCSE History, or if not studied GCSE 5+ in English Literature


Course Description:


The course aims to deepen your sense of British, European and World history as well as refine your intellectual skills through studying a complex subject.


AS History consists of two separate units that aim to develop your ability to form and sustain a historical argument, and critically interrogate sources of evidence.  Both units are examined by a written exam.

  • Unit 1 is known as the ‘Breadth Paper’ and focuses on the early Tudor dynasty, you will explore change and continuity over this period as well as a series of significant turning points in British history including Henry VII’s victory at the Battle of Bosworth and Henry VIII’s decision to Break with Rome.
  • Unit 2 is known as the ‘Depth Paper’ and focuses on German History from 1918-1933. You will explore a variety of perspectives on this period and consider the value of these perspectives to contemporary historians.  You will investigate Germany’s democratic experiment known as the Weimar Republic and the causes behind Adolf Hitler’s rise to becoming Chancellor


At A2, you will pursue Unit 1 and 2, extending further into the time period, as well as completing a piece of coursework;

  • In Unit 1 you will study the latter Tudor reigns of Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I
  • In Unit 2 you will investigate the nature of Nazi rule, the Second World War and the Holocaust
  • Unit 3 is a coursework unit which will explore “The colonisation and decolonisation of Africa by Britain 1870-1970” focussing on the significant individuals and events that lead to colonisation and decolonisation.


Why you should consider this course:


History is interesting and engaging, and you will be challenged! Many of the topics we study are different from our own experiences and yet have been very influential in shaping the world in which we live; without History it would be very difficult to understand the world today. Finally, history complements other subjects really well, for example it gives you the historical perspective to aid your study of English, Politics, Media, Economics, Geography and Sociology.


Subject suitability for degree course or future career:


History is highly valued by universities, particularly those in the Russell Group. For a future career, History offers far more than you might imagine. Surveys show that History graduates are some of the most highly-paid graduates in the country with successful careers as barristers, lawyers, teachers, accountants and the Civil Service.


Contact name: Mr L Simpkin lsimpkin@lampton.org.uk