|Specific Course Entry Requirements|
|Examination Levels Offered||A-Level|
History is inescapable. It studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. It connects things through time and encourages its students to take a long view of such connections. The study of history is the study of our world and the people in it.
The study of history will help you to develop skills of analysis and interpretation; be able to weigh up often contradictory evidence, to distinguish and assess different approaches to the past, to develop your own line of interpretation and to construct and defend an argument – coherently and convincingly. These skills are invaluable in many jobs and so studying history gives a broad range of career options.
During Year 12 students will study Britain; Challenge and Transformation 1851-1914. This is a key period in the development of our nation. We study the development of the British political system and the Conservative and Liberal parties. We will look at how Britain deals with the industrial revolution and the impact this has on the people of Britain.
We will also look at the Cold War from 1945–1962; from its origins and how it developed to the brink of nuclear war. Key events which have shaped our modern world such as the Berlin Blockade, the formation of NATO, the Korean War, the Nuclear Arms Race and the Cuban Missile Crisis and are analysed in depth.
The Year 13 course will provide progression in the skills developed by students at Year 12. Students will increase the depth of their knowledge and understanding of 20th century history and be expected to develop more analytical skills, especially with regard to differing historical interpretations and source material.
Students will continue their study of Britain; Challenge and Transformation up to 1964, examining both World Wars and their impact on Britain. We will also continue our study of the Cold War up to 1991; investigating the impact of the Vietnam War, Détente and the collapse of the Soviet Union. Both of these units have exams at the end of year 13 and each exam is worth 40% of the total A-level. The exams are 2½ hours long.
The third coursework unit (which is worth 20% of the total A-level) is an independent enquiry. It will focus on the USA from 1760 to 1860. Students will select a topic from this period they are interested in, e.g. the causes of the American Civil War, the experiences of black Americans, and will write an extended essay on that topic. They will supported with one to one mentoring from a history specialist.
Mr A Harney - firstname.lastname@example.org