History - A Level

Further Details
Course Code
LA00038
Location
Yale
Duration
Full Time, The AS qualification is taught in the first year of study.The A2 qualification is taught in the second year of study.
Department
A Levels
Start Date
05 Sep 2022
End Date
23 Jun 2023

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Course Overview
AS: Politics, protest and reform in Wales and England 1780-1880 (The period study)

This unit consists of five topics:
a) The campaign for parliamentary reform
b) The government response to political and social pressures
c) Rural and urban protests
d) Social and economic reforms
e) Changing fortunes of the political parties and their leaders

This period in Britain is a time of great interest for historians. It is a period which starts with the landowners being dominant both politically and economically. The French Revolution has an influence on how people protest about their situation and provokes a reaction from those in power fearing a revolution in Britain. The Industrial Revolution means that Britain is developing economically but the working and social conditions are not improving so we look at how these issues are addressed. We look at how people protest to change the situation politically, economically and socially, studying protests such as the Rebecca Riots in Wales and the Chartist movement. Some historians argue that this period has Britain’s greatest ever Prime Ministers in Peel, Gladstone and Disraeli – we consider how ‘great’ they really were.

AS: Weimar Germany, c1918-1933 (The depth study)

The following elements of Weimar will be examined, social, economic and political issues and events during the period in Germany from 1918 until 1933. The analysis will focus on how successful Weimar governments were in trying to stabilise politics and the economy. Related to Weimar’s fortunes will be an investigation of the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party. This will be looking at leadership, Nazi ideology, party organisation, propaganda, the SA and SS, and the nature of the electorate. Critical will be the evaluation of competing interpretations of key issues such as: ‘Why did the Nazi Party grow so rapidly in the period 1929 to 1933?’; ‘Was the fall of the Weimar Republic inevitable?’

A2

A2 consists of three elements: the breadth study ‘Changing leadership and society in Russia 1881-1989’ covering the changing leadership and regimes from Tsarist control to Communism and the social and economic impact on the Russian people. Secondly, the depth study of the Third Reich, 1933-1945 reviewing Nazi rule and its impact both within Germany and across Europe. The final element, the coursework, will be an extended piece of writing of 3000-4000 words (20% of the A Level).
The AS Period study will be assessed by a choice of structured questions, while the Depth Study will have evidence-based questions.
5 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above. If GCSE History has been studied then at least a B/6 grade is desirable. If not, then a B/6 grade in GCSE English Language/Welsh First Language is desirable.

Should an A level applicant have or be predicted a grade D/3 in either GCSE Maths or English (and at least a grade C/4 in the other subject) then your application will be considered.

At Coleg Cambria we would encourage you to do the very best that you can in your exams. The better your grades the more options you will have, and may result in you gaining entry onto a higher level course.
History provides students with a range of skills, including analysis and synthesis, which many careers seek, for instance, law or management.

Other careers more obviously connected are, for example, archivist, museum curator, worker in the heritage industry, teacher or lecturer.
Some courses may require equipment and/or uniforms to be purchased. Please see attached equipment list for further information.
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