History at A Level

AS and A2 structure

Students will study two Modules or Assessment Units in Year 13 and two more in Year 14.  The content will be based on developments in 20th century Europe at AS Level and at A2 the focus will be 19th and early 20th century Ireland .  Many of the topics and all of the skills, particularly in AS 1, will be familiar from GCSE studies – this usually makes the transition from GCSE to A level less daunting for students.  There is no coursework component.                           





AS Module 1


Germany1918 - 45


1 hour 30 minutes


50% of AS

25% of A2


AS Module 2

Russia1903 - 1941


1 hour 30 minutes


50% of AS

25% of A2


A2 Module 1


Nationalism and Unionism in Ireland   1800- 1900


1 hour 15 minutes


25% of A2


A2 Module 2


Partition of Ireland1900- 1925


2 hours



25% of A2



The Examinations

Modular exams in both AS and A2 Level will take place in the summer term. The AS Modules will be examined in June of Year 13 and A2 Modules in  June of Year 14.  Guidance and advice will be provided to those pupils who need to re-sit any of the examinations. 

Teaching and Learning

The modules we study at AS level cover some of the most important major European events of the twentieth century, such as the establishment of the Nazi dictatorship in Germany and the Communist Revolution of 1917 in Russia.  At A2 level, students have the opportunity to examine events in Ireland including the development of the Unionist and Nationalist traditions and the events which led to the partition of the island. 

Pupils will be taught by one teacher for the duration of their Advanced Level studies and will be provided with the most up-to-date, detailed resources and exam guidance.  They will also receive additional information from visiting historians who give annual lectures for AS and A2, and they will have the opportunity to visit Dublin on a residential History trip in the spring term of Year 14.


A Level History is a challenging, enjoyable subject which enables students to develop many of the important skills they will use at university level and in their chosen careers.  A level historians develop their skills in analysis and evaluation of source material and through their A level activities, they will increase their ability to communicate and argue a point effectively.  Students of History also gain valuable experience in working independently to make notes and to sort and classify information.  They are also given the chance to debate, discuss and present their findings and opinions to their classmates and teacher.  



For further information or guidance on opting for A Level History, please feel free to approach any member of the History department.  We will be happy to discuss the course with you or let you see the resources you will use.  Alternatively visit ccea.org.uk/history for full course details and additional careers guidance related to the study of History.