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Prince William School


The A Level course covers a breadth of History from Early Stuart England to Twentieth Century Europe. It will enable students to develop skills of interpretation and evaluation and to consider historical ideas and beliefs which will help them to understand important political, social and economic issues in the Modern World. They will learn to question the utility of historical evidence develop techniques in independent research. The course will allow students to critically evaluate important historical questions and help them to further develop skills in writing extended answers, essays and coursework answers. The specification is divided into two units of study per year.

AQA 7042 History Advanced Level (Draft)
1F Democracy, Empire and War: Britain 1851-1964 Breath Study 40%
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period

Part 1:

Victorian and Edwardian Britain, c1851–1914: Reform and Challenge and Challenges to the status quo.

Part 2:

The World Wars and their Legacies: Britain, 1914–1964 : The Great War and its impact and Change and Transformation
2O Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918–1945 Depth Study 40%
This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime.

Part 1:

The Weimar Republic, 1918–1933: The Establishment and early years of Weimar; The 'Golden Age' of the Weimar Republics and The Collapse of Democracy

Part 2:

Nazi Germany, 1933–1945:The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933–1939; The Racial State, 1933–1941 and The impact of War.


Historical Enquiry. Coursework. 3500 words
Candidates will be required to submit a Historical Enquiry, based on the investigation of an issue within Early English History from Elizabethan to the English Civil War. The enquiry is presented in essay format and written in continuous prose.

Entry Requirements:

A minimum of five GCSE passes graded at A*-C are required. A, B or above in History or an A-A* in English. If students are able to meet these entry requirements, they will be considered for the course.


Students are expected to have read Hitler’s National Community by L Pine and completed the summer homework tasks. Students will need to purchase four core texts that will cover AS and A2 study and undertake further reading. Students will also be expected to add to classroom notes, building on arguments and developing more in depth knowledge of key historical events. Students will engage in lively whole class discussion and should be prepared to have their world view challenged as well as challenging the viewpoints of others.

Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:

We hope to run a trip to Berlin in 2016. We offer a chance to learn about the Holocaust through the Holocaust Educational Trust which includes a visit to Auschwitz.

Career Pathways:

Many professions and courses in further Education regard History very favourably. It is viewed as a subject that is challenging as it demands academic rigour; it is a ‘facilitator’ subject, the skills of debate, the ability to express and consider differing opinions and arguments and to evaluate and assess information is crucial in Journalism and the Media, the Law, Business, Human Resources and Politics. Careers demand the ability to express an opinion and to support an argument as well as to be able to communicate succinctly.

Good combinations of other subjects to study with History:

Religious Education, Sociology, Psychology, English and Biology.

Student Testimonials:

Fascinating subjects such as Nazi Germany.

Teachers who are easy to talk to and are always there to help you if you’re stuck.

It is fun to find out about the celebrity gossip of the past.

Lessons that bring the past to life.

An awesome trip to Berlin.

It’s not an easy A Level, but I want to study History at Uni.