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A-Level History

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Why study A-Level History?

Exam board and specification: Edexcel

Edexcel History provides an engaging curriculum to ignite students’ passions and interests. Our content creates independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal qualities that can help students stand out as they progress to higher education and future careers. We study a range of topics at Chelsea, spanning over 200 years of British, European and world history.

What is covered by the course?


Paper 1 (1G): Nationalism, Dictatorship and Democracy in 20th Century Europe - Germany and West Germany, 1918–89

Paper 2 (2G.1): Nationalism, Dictatorship and Democracy in 20th Century Europe - The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, 1911–46

Paper 3 (36.2): Ireland and the Union, 1774–1923

How is it examined?

Paper 1 – Breadth study with interpretations; 30% of total qualification.

Paper 2 – Depth study (crosses over from Year One into Year Two); 20% of total qualification.

Paper 3 – Themes in breadth with aspects in depth; 30% of total qualification.

Coursework – Non-examined assessment: 3,000 – 4,000 word essay; 20% of total qualification.

Related university courses and careers

The broad range of skills developed in studying History such as critical thinking, research and analysis can be applied to a broad range of careers and courses in in many subject areas including humanities, social sciences, law, civil service, finance, education, English literature, classics and economics.

Suggested reading

'OCR A-Level History: Britain 1930-1997' by Nicholas Fellows and Mike Wells

'Access to History: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany, 1919-63' by Geoff Layton

'Access to History: Great Britain and the Irish Question, 1774-1923' by Paul Adelman and Mike Byrne

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