Examination Board: AQA
‘The study of history is the beginning of wisdom’ (Jean Bodin)
A Level History is a subject for the curious – for those who want to find explanations for the way the world is. We are all strongly influenced by our understanding of what has happened in the past! As you’ll discover, the variety of places, people, thoughts, actions and events explored in A Level History is enormous.
AS LEVEL – YEAR ONE – Exam Board: AQA
UNIT ONE - Britain, 1603–1642 I¼ hour exam
When Elizabeth I died childless in 1603, her Scottish nephew, James, became King of England. He was excited at the prospect of ruling a seemingly wealthy nation. What James hadn’t bargained for was resistance to his plans and endless arguments with Parliament about money, religion and foreign policy. After a stressful time as King he died in 1625. His son Charles became King. Charles’s stubborn personality and rigid belief that no one should question his authority, created even more problems and disagreements to the point where the country would become engaged in a brutal, six year civil war. This significant time in British history will open your mind to the changes in political authority, economy and society that have shaped the nation of today.
UNIT TWO - Anti-Semitism, Hitler and the German People, 1919–1945
1½ hour exam
Perhaps one of the biggest questions in 20th century history is: Why were 6 million innocent people murdered by the Nazi’s during WWII? Their crime - to be Jewish! The central focus of this unit is to understand how such a tragedy could happen. Why were the Jews hated to this extent? How was it possible for thousands to be executed daily without questioning or resistance? Is Hitler entirely responsible for the Holocaust or are other factors to blame? Could such an event ever happen again? This unit is not just about history but about human nature and the consequences of lawlessness, hatred and cruelty.
A2 LEVEL – YEAR TWO - Exam Board: AQA
UNIT THREE – The Angevin Kings of England: 1154–1216
2 hour exam
Three Kings: Henry II and his sons, Richard (The Lionheart) and John (The Tyrant). You will study how these three complicated, determined personalities ruled an empire that stretched from Scotland to the south
of France at the time of castle building, jousting, chivalry, crusades and the myth of Robin Hood.
UNIT FOUR - Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1965
3,500 word coursework
The wealthiest nation of the 20th century largely treated its African-American population like beggars without rights. Your final challenge in A Level History is to research and argumentatively investigate a century long struggle to gain equal treatment and respect.