History

A Level History is a consistently popular and successful subject at The Streetly Academy.  Our A Level course will not only deepen your understanding of recent German and British history, but also refine your skills as an historian.

Our exciting new AQA A Level course includes two exam components, which cover late 19th and early 20th century German and British history, as well as a Historical Investigation.  You will achieve both the overall A Level qualification at the end of Year 13 as well as the AS Level qualification in Year 12.

For our breadth paper, we chart Germany’s momentous and tragic journey from nationhood in 1871 to reunification in 1990.  In Year 12, we investigate where it all went wrong, unearthing the roots of Germany’s vulnerability to extremism in the years before the First World War.  We start Year 13 by exploring the impact of Nazism, culminating in Germany’s military defeat in 1945.  After assessing the impact of the Cold War on a divided Germany, we conclude with the collapse of the Berlin Wall and Germany’s emergence as a democratic force in a new Europe.

Running parallel to this is a depth study of Britain between 1906 and 1957.  This highly-regarded component charts our national journey across the first half of the 20th century, taking in periods of war, peace, depression and prosperity.  In Year 12, we study the growing role of the state before 1929, including peacetime pensions for the elderly and wartime rationing during World War One.  In Year 13, we consider our response to the Depression of the 1930s and the creation of the welfare state after 1945.  Not only do we study individuals such as Winston Churchill and Clement Attlee, but we also assess how their decisions transformed the lives of the British people.

In addition, you will plan, research and write a Historical Investigation in Year 13.  This personal investigation of an issue spanning a period of at least 100 years can be based either on a teacher-led introductory course, or on a historical topic of your own choice.

  • Component 1: The Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871-1991 (1K)

Written exam (2 hrs 30 m) – one compulsory question about historical interpretations and two essay-style answers.  Tests understanding of change over time.

  • Component 2: Wars and Welfare: Britain in Transition, 1906-1957 (2N)

Written exam (2 hrs 30 m) – one compulsory source-based question and two essay-style answers. Tests understanding of a significant period of history in depth.

  • Component 3: Historical Investigation (3A/3B)

3500-word coursework essay – analysis of an historical issue exploring change over at least 100 years.  Choice of topics – although all investigations start before 1791. Marked in school and moderated by AQA.

History is an academic subject, and combines especially well with English, Geography, Science and Modern Languages.  We welcome students who have achieved at least B grades in GCSE History, English and Mathematics.  These entry requirements reflect the historical, written and logical skills that are essential for success in A Level History.

A Level History develops the skills of research, analysis, evaluation, and combines them with the ability to form your own judgements about the past.  These skills will not only benefit you in your other A Levels, but are also highly-regarded by university admissions tutors.  In addition to degrees in History and related disciplines, History can lead to a wide range of careers, including journalism, business, public service and education.