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What will I learn?

AS History is designed to build upon and extend the skills you will have gained at GCSE. You will be offered a wide and stimulating choice of content including:

  • Unit 1 - Germany and West Germany, 1918-89
  • Unit 2 - The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911-46
  • Unit 3 - The British experience of warfare, c1790-1918 
  • Unit 4 - Historical Enquiry (Coursework)
Further course content:

Unit 1 – Germany and West Germany, 1918-89
This part of the course is a study in breadth, in which you will learn about key political changes experienced in Weimar Germany 1918-1933, Nazi Germany 1933-1945 and in West Germany after the Second World War, 1945-1989.
The focus is on four themes:

  • Political and governmental change 
  • Opposition, control and consent 
  • Economic development and policies 
  • Aspects of Life and Society 

Unit 2 - The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–1946
This option comprises a study in depth of the turbulent years in Italy that saw the collapse of the liberal state, the creation of a fascist dictatorship and a return to democracy in the aftermath of the Second World War.

  • The focus is on four themes:
  • The liberal state, c1911–1918
  • The rise of Mussolini and the creation of a fascist dictatorship, 1919–1926
  • The fascist state, 1925–1940
  • Challenges to, and the fall of, the fascist state, c1935–1946

Unit 3 – The British experience of warfare, c1790-1918
This topic explores the British experience of war in different aspects of major overseas conflicts and the changing relationship between the state and the people as the government attempted to create an effective fighting machine and prepare the people for war. Within the primarily military focus on the experience of warfare, this option also gives you the opportunity to explore its political, social and economic dimensions and their part in generating pressure for change.
The focus is on five themes:

  • Britain and the French Wars, 1793–1815
  • The Crimean War, 1854–1856
  • The second Boer War, 1899–1902
  • Trench warfare on the Western Front, 1914–1818
  • The war in the air, 1914–1918

Unit 4 – Historical Enquiry (Coursework)
You will produce an independently researched essay of 3000-4000 words on a subject of your choice.

What can I do next?

This course could lead onto higher education in History or related subjects such as English, American Studies, Politics, Archaeology, or more general courses.

With further training, you could go into a job related to history by seeking employment in areas of heritage such as working in a museum or within education such as a teacher. Students who study history may also wish to consider other courses such as law or journalism.

You could also go straight into a job as the AS GCE is a recognised qualification which will help you to develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that employers across many industries are looking for.


 AS/A level
 1-2 Years
AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE in History
Entry Requirements:
6 A*- C graded GCSEs, including History or other Humanities subject

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