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 Holocaust.

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.

Exam Results

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%