History A Level
Head of Department: Mrs Olivia Tollemache
A Level History provides an interesting and challenging course
which will enhance your skills of analysis and ability to write
persuasive, lucid arguments. It is a qualification which is well
regarded by competitive universities whether you are applying for
an Arts, Social Science or Science degree.
What do you do in History?
In Year 12 we study the history of Germany and West Germany from
1918-1989, including an investigation into the historical debate around the
causes of World War II. This is accompanied by a paper that considers the
Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy c1911-1946.
In Year 13 we go on to consider the relationship between Ireland and the
Union c1774-1923. There is also a coursework module where you will
produce an independent piece of work on a historical debate related to the
The exam board is Edexcel. An extensive revision programme is provided in
the run up to exams. The History Department has considerable expertise
and experience for supporting your application to read History at
university. We have a good knowledge of various university departments
and courses and give advice in the writing of personal statements. We
also offer ideas for wider reading, specialist lectures and courses. tailored
support is provided for Oxbridge applications, including preparation for
the Oxford HAT and the Cambridge Admissions Assessment.
You will be encouraged by teachers who are working in their specialist
areas. Courses are delivered using materials written by the department
and supported by a wide range of relevant books. You will be guided in
the direction of further reading as your own interests develop. You will
be encouraged to argue and debate both with your peers and teachers.
Over time you will also be expected to work independently and become
a self-sufficient learner.
Most importantly you will cover some of the most fascinating and
controversial aspects of modern History.
Average of the A Level results in History achieved by Ipswich School students over the most recent three year period (2016, 2017 and 2018)
History - % A*- B = 82%