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Devonport High School for Girls

Head of Department

Mr N Cliff BA (Hons), PGCE, CCRS

A Level Course Outline

The course is designed to offer students the opportunity to study at least 200 years of history and to become independent learners suitable for either a degree or the workplace. British history is an important element of the course and focuses on democratic developments in the period c1780 – 1885, which saw Britain transformed as a nation in response to dramatic changes and political protest. This provides a contrast with the depth study which explores the failure of democracy and the rise of Nazism. The Personal Study provides students with a chance to investigate a period of 100 years of their choice.

AS Level Course Outline

The AS course covers the same material as the A Level but the scope of the examinations covers a briefer period and the question types are designed as a means of transitioning from GCSE to full A Level. The  British unit covers  British History from c1783 - 1832 and explores the early industrial revolution and social and political developments.  The German unit covers the period 1918 - 33 and focuses on the origins of the Weimar Republic, the development of democratic institutionsand its eventual collapse and the rise of  the Nazis and appointment of Hitler as Chancellor. 

Higher Education and Career Opportunities

History is a well-respected academic subject which provides a good foundation for many careers. Archaeology, Conservation and History Teaching are amongst those directly related to the subject but there are many other careers where historians excel: Architecture, Banking, Economics, Journalism, Law, Marketing and Publishing, all of which draw on historical skills such as analysis and the ability to form judgements based on scrutiny of the evidence.

Course Content

Examination Board

AQA

Full details of the specification and assessment criteria can be found on the AQA website

History  A - 7042
History AS - 7041

 

A Level

Unit 1

Breadth Study - Protest and Reform: The Transformation of Britain, c1783–c 1885 (40%)

 

Unit 2

Depth Study - Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945 (40%)

 

Unit 3

Historical Investigation - A personal study based on a topic of student’s choice, 3000-3500 words (20%)

AS Level

 

Unit 1

Breadth Study - Protest and Reform: The Transformation of Britain, c1783–c 1832 (50%)

 

Unit 2

 

Depth Study - Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945 (50%)