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If you are interested in studying the past, what motivated individuals and what events went on to shape the world we live in today, as well as a good story, read on …


The overarching theme of the course is ‘The Struggle for Democracy’, and we will examine this theme over a period of 400 years, in three countries and through events of enormous personal and international importance.

In Unit 1 you will study the Quest for Political Stability in Germany 1871-1991. Germany has been one of the most influential countries in the world over this period, for good or ill. In Year 1 you will study the development of Germany 1871-1929, from its unification, to the horrors of the First World War, and its subsequent transformation into the Weimar Republic. In Year 2 you will study Germany 1929-1991, from the evils of the Nazi regime, to Germany’s post-war division, to the fall of the Berlin Wall and its re-unification in 1991.

In Unit 2, which is the depth study, you will learn about the challenges faced by those in authority in the years before, during and after the English Civil War. It explores concepts such as Divine Right, government and political and religious radicalism. It also encourages an in-depth understanding of how government works, the role of authority and opposition and a look at the issues of compromise and settlement. In Year 1 you will study the Origins of the English Civil War, 1625-1642 and in Year 2 you will look at Radicalism, the English Republic and the Restoration of the Monarchy, 1642-1660.

You will also produce a piece of coursework in your second year, based on a study of the African- American experience in America between 1865-1970. You will explore the role of key individuals in this struggle, such as W.E.B Du Bois, Marcus Garvey, and Martin Luther King.


There are lecture trips relevant to the course, as well as the possibility of visiting Auschwitz in Poland, as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust scheme. You will have the opportunity to attend the Berlin trip and visit many sites of historical significance.


You will sit two exams at the end of your second year which, together with the coursework you will do at the end of Year 12 and 13, will give you an A Level qualification.


The majority of History students go on to higher education, studying subjects such as History, Law, Government and Politics and International Relations.


To study an A-level programme you will need to achieve 5 GCSEs grade 4 or above, including English and Maths. There are no additional requirements for this subject, but we would prefer you to have studied GCSE History.




This subject will take two years to complete. Please note that this is a linear subject.


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