History - 6th Form

We have selected a range of topics at A Level that reflect the specialism and expertise of the teaching staff and which are designed to be challenging, stimulating and interesting for the students.

During A Level there is an increased emphasis on independent research and learning skills and the introduction of the Coursework Module helps develop these and further allows the transition for students to not simply learn history, but to examine the primary evidence themselves and to write it.

Study at A Level is academically rigorous but is very rewarding in developing independent learning skills which are vital for later life. A-Level History is also recognised by universities as a heavyweight and noteworthy subject. The skills in History are viewed as an excellent platform for anyone wishing to take an Arts Degree and are particular suited for careers in Law and in Journalism.

The History Department now offer a LINEAR Course at A Level

But all students WILL sit the AS Level and therefore have the option to only take the subject in Year 12 should they wish

The topics we cover at Year 12 are as follows- Edexcel Route B:

1) England, 1509-1603, authority, nation and religion

a) Monarchy and government

b) Religious changes

c) State control and popular resistance

d) Economic, social and cultural change

2) Luther and the German Reformation 1515-1555

a) The Conditions in the early Sixteenth Century

b) Luther’s early challenge to the Catholic Church 1517-20

c) The development of Lutheranism 1521-46

d) The spread and survival of Lutheranism 1521-55

In Year 13 students will cover the following courses:

3)   Civil rights and race relations in the USA, 1850–2009

a) The changing geography of civil rights issues

b) Changing portrayal of civil rights issues in fiction and film

c) Free at last’, 1865–77

d) The triumph of ‘Jim Crow’, 1883–c1900

e) The New Deal and race relations, 1933–41

f) ‘I have a dream’, 1954–68

g) Obama's campaign for the presidency, 2004–09

4)   COURSEWORK: The Cold War

a) Why did the Cold War originate

b) The Impact of Truman and the atom bomb

c) Containment and the move to a hot war

d) Détente

e) Gorbachev and the end of the Cold War

Assessment

AS Level

The students will sit Unit 1 and Unit 2 summer examinations:

TypeDetailsWeighting
Exam Unit 1 England, 1509-1603, authority nation and religion – Essay based examination: students will complete two essay questions and a question using Secondary sources in 2hours 15 minutes 60% of the AS
Exam Unit 2 Luther and the German Reformation – Source and essay based examination: students will complete 2 source based questions and 1 essay question in 1 hour 30 minutes 40% of the AS

A Level

The students will sit three exams and their coursework (which will be completed by March of their A-Level year.)

TypeDetailsWeighting
Exam Unit 1 England, 1509-1603, authority nation and religion – Essay based examination: students will complete two essay questions and a question using Secondary sources in 2hours 15 minutes 30%
Exam Unit 2 Luther and the German Reformation – Source and essay based examination: students will complete 2 source based questions and 1 essay question in 1 hour 30 minutes 20%
Exam Unit 3 Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA, 1850-2009 – An Essay and Source based paper, students will complete one Source based and two essay questions in 2hours 15 minutes 30%
Coursework Unit 4 Cold War – Students will submit a 3-4000 piece of extended writing by March of Year 13 discussing one of the key concepts or issues associated with the Cold War, from a choice of questions. 20%
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