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A Level History requires the study of three modules:
Module 1: Breadth Paper (Stuart Britain 1603 to 1702)
Module 2: Depth Paper (Germany 1918 to 1945)
Module 2 (continued)
Module 3: Personal Study (coursework essay)
In the Lower Sixth students study the exam topic: The Stuart Monarchy & the Crisis of State. The module covers British history between 1603 and 1702, including issues surrounding the monarchy and the Civil War. In the exam candidates answer three questions on this topic, worth 40% of the total marks awarded at A level.
In the Lower and Upper Sixth students study the exam topic: Democracy & Nazism. The module covers the history of Germany between 1919 and 1945 focusing on the struggle to establish a legitimate political system in Germany after the collapse of the German Empire in 1918. In the exam candidates answer three questions on this topic, worth 40% of the total marks.
In the Upper Sixth students undertake a 3500-word coursework essay which carries 20% of the total A level marks. This is an historical investigation based on a selection of primary and secondary sources. Students make their own choice of subject for investigation. The essay focuses on the relative significance of an individual or event, within the context of a period of 100 years. Previously, students have submitted essays on a wide range of topics including aspects of the Irish Question, Roman Britain, and Civil Rights in the USA.
History is a subject that is highly regarded by employers and universities. It builds skills of analysis and essay writing that are valuable for almost any subject at degree level. It provides an excellent grounding for those interested in future careers in areas such as journalism, law, politics, and academic research.
Some past History students have been offered places at universities such as Birmingham, Bristol, Oxford Brookes, Sussex, and Brown University, New York, to follow degree courses in History, Sociology, Humanities, and Law.
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