Exam board: AQA

Entry Requirements:  6+ in GCSE History, or if you did not study GCSE History 6+ 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.

The first year of study consists of two separate units that aim to develop your ability to form and sustain a historical argument, and critically interrogate sources of evidence.

  • Unit 1 is known as the ‘breadth paper’ and focuses on the early Tudor dynasty (1485-1547). 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 away from the Catholic Church.

  • 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

Both units are assessed by a written exam at the end of the first year of study – the AS exam.

In the second year of study, you will continue Unit 1 and 2, extending further into each 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 relationship between Britain and India between 1845 and 1947 focussing on the significant individuals and events that lead to independence and partition

At the end of the second year of study, you will sit two 2.5h exams that cover content from both the first and second years; each exam represents 40% of your A-Level grade, while the coursework represents 20% of your final A-Level grade.

Why you should consider this course:

 History is interesting and engaging, and challenging. 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. History also complements other subjects 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. 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 in the Civil Service.


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