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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 develop as independent learners in readiness for degree studies and the workplace. The Personal Study provides students with a chance to investigate a period of 100 years of their choice. Students must cover a period of 200 years study overall including the taught units. The British history study programme focuses on political, and economic and social developments in the period c 1783 – 1885 which saw dramatic changes from a largely rural society to an urbanised society on the brink of democracy.  This period contrasts with the dramatic era in Germany 1918-45, which witnessed the collapse of an autocratic state in 1918, the revolution of 1918, transition to a democratic Republic, the rise of the Nazis followed by the collapse of democracy in the wake of the world depression.

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%)