History: Democracy and Dictators A Level

History: Democracy and Dictators A Level

The History Department is one of the largest departments in College and provides a stimulating learning environment in which students not only develop their knowledge and understanding but also gain strong academic skills.

You may choose from two different History courses. Each course covers at least 200 years. Please also see History: Rebellions and Revolutions

In Unit 1 of the Democracy and Dictators course you will study the Wars of the Roses and Henry VII from 1445 to 1509. Unit 2 is focused on Germany from 1919 to 1963. In the second year of the course you will study Russia and its rulers from 1855 to 1964 and produce a piece of coursework.

The History Department is a vibrant place to study offering many opportunities to extend interest in the subject, including day trips; opportunities to hear external speakers and lecturers as well as residential trips to Berlin and Paris.

Grade 4 in GCSE English Language, plus grade 4 in GCSE History if taken; newcomers to the subject are welcomed.
80% exams and 20% coursework.
History is taken by students doing a wide range of other subjects, in both the Arts and Sciences. At this level, History can be a truly complementary subject, extending and balancing a programme of study drawn from any part of the College curriculum. Our students go on to a wide range of courses and careers. A considerable number will take a degree in the subject, or a related field, such as English, Law, Economics, Philosophy, Theology or Politics, where an A-Level in History is certainly an advantage. In addition to a wider angled view of many contemporary events and issues, those trained in History have developed skills of critical analysis and judgement; these are highly valued in many professions, including Law, Management, Finance, Journalism and Politics.