What Will I Study?

Paper 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89

In this unit you study how the republic, set up after the First World War, was turned into a dictatorship under Hitler. Then, after the Second World War, how West Germany had to deal with the legacy of the Nazis. A special case study is based on how far Hitler was responsible for the outbreak of the Second World War.

Paper 2: The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy, c1911–46

In this unit you will learn about the nature of the profound political, economic and social changes experienced by the Italian people in the years c1911–1946 and how the failure to create a stable, democratic Italian state in the early twentieth century led to the rise of Fascism and emergence of Mussolini as a leader.

Paper 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399–1509

This unit focuses on Shakespeare’s Kings from his great cycle of history plays. From the Triumph of Henry V at Agincourt to the spectacular death of Richard III on the battlefield, deserted by all including his horse, the question in the background was always who should be King? Did a mad King and a bad marriage result in the blood and gore of the Wars of the Roses?

Paper 4: The Witch Craze c1450-c1750

This is a coursework unit based on the nature of the witch craze that took hold in the late sixteenth century and the changing attitudes to magic and sorcery that eventually contributed to its decline. Students study the social, economic and political aspects of the phenomenon, using case studies like Matthew Hopkins and the Salem witch hunt.

Entry Requirements

You need at least a 5 in GCSE History. If you have not studied GCSE History, then a minimum of a Grade 5 in GCSE English.

Assessment

At the end of the course you will sit three exams and submit a piece of coursework.

Where Next?

University to study History, alternatively you have acquired skills to support you in any degree course and future career.

Please note

This course has been designed to give you a taste of different areas and types of History. As Lord Acton said “study problems, not periods”.

Department Staff

Mr K Alexander Director of Sixth Form Contact
Mr P Billimore Head of History Contact
Miss G Forster Assistant Headteacher, Communications Contact
Mr J Hempel Head of Philosophy Contact
Mrs C Kelly Head of Humanities Contact
Mrs S McNeish Teacher of Humanities Contact
Dr C Talbot Teacher of Sociology Contact
Mr J Warburton Teacher of Classics & Latin Contact
Mrs N Wilby Teacher of History Contact
Mrs H Yapp Deputy Headteacher, Student Support Contact