History is a specialist academic subject, highly respected at Universities, which can lead to a diverse range of careers. This two-year course covers both modern and early modern history. You will study the crisis of monarchy in Stuart Britain, the rise and fall of Hitler and the Nazi Party and the struggle for African-American civil rights in the USA. You will develop a broad range of skills during the duration of the course: including document analysis, debate and argument, presentation and teamwork, research and referencing and use of evidence.

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Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Lawyer, teacher, journalist, company director, business, media professional.

History, Politics, Ancient History/Classics, English, Journalism.

Topics you'll cover


  • James 1st and Charles 1st and the English Civil War (1603-1649)
  • Weimar Germany and the Treaty of Versailles (1918-1933)
  • The rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party.


  • The struggle for civil rights in the USA (1870-1970) - Coursework unit
  • The Nazi consolidation of power, life in Nazi Germany & WWII (1933-1945)
  • Cromwell & the protectorate, Charles II, James II and the glorious revolution (1649-1702).

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two written exams (40% each)
  • Coursework - Extended Essay (20%)
  • Exam board: AQA
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English Language. A GCSE in History is not required.

Additional information


Students may wish to purchase the two key textbooks and revision guides. You will be asked to pay a course contribution fee, which will cover journal subscriptions, trips to University and Parliament, printed worksheets, exercise books and revision guides. Other costs include any relating trips.

If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.