Examination body: Edexcel
If you like arguing, developing your own views and, above all, if you are intrigued about the past, then History is for you. You should also feel comfortable with analytical writing and independent research.
History provides links to many other areas of study including humanities, arts and sciences, so it combines well with other subjects. There is a five-day residential trip to Berlin with a tour of the Auschwitz Concentration Camp.
You will need a C or above at GCSE History.
Delivery and assessment
At AS this consists of two papers, both of which are Modern History options and are externally examined at the end of Year 12. Pupils will study Germany and West Germany from 1918-89. This encompasses the creation and fall of the Weimar Republic, the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship and a return to democracy under the Federal Republic of Germany. Thematically, pupils will assess political change, opposition to the regimes, education and cultural diversity and attitudes towards women and ethnic minorities.
At A Level, in addition to the above, pupils will complete one piece of internally assessed coursework which is teacher-led, and a final paper on Rebellions and Disorder under the Tudors. This option enables pupils to explore the ways in which, despite a shaky start, the Tudors were able to establish their dynasty as one of the most powerful England has ever seen. Pupils will learn about: the Pretender rebellions under Henry VII; the religiously motivated rebellions which Henry VIII so viciously put down; Kett’s agrarian rebellion against the boy king Edward VI; the rivalry of queen against queen under Elizabeth I. Pupils wishing to undertake a full History A Level must sit all three externally assessed papers at the end of Year 13 and complete the coursework component.