The History course covers two key periods within the past of Britain and the USA. We study the development of the USA from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the height of the Cold War in 1975. The key theme is to analyse how the USA developed into a world superpower. We also look in depth at Britain from the years 1906 – 1957 during a period that is highlighted by two world wars and a move to provide welfare to the worst off in society. The coursework component is completed in the second year and concerns change over the Stuart period 1603-1714.

Specific requirements

  • A minimum of five GCSEs, two at grade 6 and three at grade 4.
  • GCSE English at grade 5.
  • Desired G-Score of 5.0
  • Students do not need to have studied GCSE History.
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What will I study?

Awarding Body:

  • AQA


  • Examination - 80%
  • Coursework - 20%

Course Content:

  • Year 1

    • USA:

      • Reconstruction – Impact of the Civil War, The North-South Divide, Treatment of African-Americans, Corruption

      • The Gilded Age – Ineffective Presidents, Economic Development, Robber Barons, Immigration, Westward Expansion, Treatment of African-Americans, Isolationism

      • Start of the Twentieth Century – Interventionalism, Republican Dominance, Populism, Progressivism, Economic Development, National Divides, World War One, Treaty of Versailles, Red Scare

    • Britain:

      • Liberal Government – Conservative fall, 1906 Election, New Liberalism, Rise of Labour, Welfare, Political Reform, Ireland, Industrial Unrest

      • Impact of World War One – Political Impact of the War, Impact of War Domestically, Conscientious Objectors, Literature and Entertainment, Changing Perception of War, International Relations post-War, Ireland, Fall of Lloyd-George.

      • The 1920s  - Conservative Dominance, First Labour Government, Fall of the Liberals, Fear of Socialism, Economic Decline, General Strike, Welfare, Changing Perception of Women, Changes within British Society, 1929 Election

  • Year 2

    • USA:

      • Crisis of Identity – 1920s Economic Boom, Wall Street Crash, The Great Depression, New Deals, Jazz Age of the 1920s, Flappers, Prohibition, Social Impact of the Depression, Divisions Within Society, Isolationism, World War 2, Impact of the War

      • The Superpower – Post-War Reconstruction, Cold War, Relations with China, McCarthyism, JFK, Johnson’s Great Society, Nixon and the Republican Revival, Rise Of Consumer Society, Civil Rights, Youth Culture, Protest and the Mass Media, Vietnam War

    • Britain:

      • Hungry Thirties – Labour Government, Formation of the National Government, Depression and the Financial Crisis, Tariff Reform, Social/Cultural Impact of the Depression, British Union of Fascists, Communism, The Abdication

      • Peoples’ War and Peace – Appeasement, Rise of Churchill, Social/Cultural Impact of Total Warfare, Blitz and Reconstruction, 1945 Election, Attlee as PM, Economic Issues, Post War Labour Policies, 1950/1951 Elections,

      • Never Had It So Good?  - Churchill, Eden, Macmillan, Consensus Politics, Labour Divisions. Post War Boom, Affluence and Consumerism, Changing Attitudes and Behaviours, New Commonwealth, Nuclear Concerns

  • Coursework:

    • Change over the Stuart period 1603-1714

Where does it lead?

A Level History is highly regarded by universities and employers because of the broad range of skills required to be successful in the subject. History can lead directly into careers in teaching, archival work, the heritage industry and journalism. It also has benefits for any job requiring the ability to write effectively or to research and process information in order to develop logical plans.
In the last 3 years, 4 historians have progressed to Oxford University to read History or associated subjects. Last year, our students also went on to read History at Leeds, Bristol and University College London.


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“I studied Modern History with English Literature and Government & Politics at Cadbury College, achieving grades A*AB. I am now studying a degree in History at The University of Manchester.”

Callum Speirs