This two year linear 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.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

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

Humanities, law, politics and business.

Topics you'll cover


  • Changes to the British monarchy and parliament pre and post-civil war (1603-1702)
  • The collapse of the Weimar government
  • The rise and fall of the Nazi Party
  • Trips: Imperial War Museum, parliament, London Dungeon and four day visit to Berlin.


  • Coursework: research and investigate a set question on African-American civil rights in the USA (1860-1970).

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two written exams
  • Coursework - 3,500 words
  • Exam board: AQA
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at grade 4 (including English)
  • GCSE history is not essential but if you have taken it, you should have at least a grade 4
  • Good school reference including attendance and behaviour
  • Making a good impression at the college pre-enrolment interview.

What students say about the course

"History is one of the most interesting courses, and it’s an excellent subject to debate. There isn’t really a right or wrong answer with history, as long as you have evidence to back up your point and perspective. I love class debates and discussions as you can get your own point across whilst listening to other people’s point of view. At the moment we are studying Weimar Germany and Nazi Germany, which are my favourite subjects on the course, simply because it is so recent and you can see how things have changed due to these events. I also like reading sources such as first hand encounters, which you can only do in very modern history."

Sophia Bailey, previously at Noadswood School

"History is, by far, the most interesting subject to study. The course covers topics from the Stuarts to the Second World War and Civil Rights in the USA, truly giving you a vivid insight into our history. The teaching here is amazing and the lessons are always enjoyable. The lessons involve some independent study, which enables us to learn how to find the right information independently and learn more about the reliability of sources. I really enjoy this because you are able to focus on the topics in the course as well as other aspects that interest you."

India Say, previously at Redbridge Community School

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.


Two key textbooks we use are listed below. An additional reading list will be provided at the start of the course:

  • Farr, D, (2015), AQA History: Stuart Britain & the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702, Oxford University Press, Oxford
  • Whitfield, R, (2015), Democracy & Nazism 1918-1945, Oxford University Press, Oxford