Head of Department – Ms R North
History – Grade B English – Grade 6
Examination Board: AQA
Introduction/General Advice and Requirements
Advanced Level History is concerned primarily with fostering and developing skills in handling and analysing information, and with the ability to use information to construct a clear and concise argument.
Both Higher and Further Educational establishments hold History in high regard as an entry qualification, and employers recognise the value of historical studies as an academic discipline that provides the context for political, social and economic developments.
Course Content & Assessment
The course is divided into 3 units:
UNIT 1C The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 40% of A Level
This focuses on the Tudor dynasty from Henry VII – Elizabeth I. 1485-1547 (Henry VII and VIII) is taught in year 12 and 1547 – 1603 (Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth 1) taught in year 13. In Year 12 the course covers:
- Political history of the period e.g. threats to the throne, the divorce, consolidation of power, role of government ministers e.g. Wolsey, Cromwell
- The Reformation and the Break with Rome
- Foreign policy, relations with Scotland, France and Spain
- Tudor Rebellions
- Economic history including trade and exploration
In Year 13 the course covers
- A Mid Tudor Crisis? The reigns of Edward and Mary
- Foreign policy and war with Spain
- The threat of Mary Queen of Scots
- Tudor Rebellions – Wyatt, Kett, Western, Northern Earls, Essex
- The changing religious policies of Edward, Mary and Elizabeth.
This Unit covers relations between East and West including:
UNIT 2R The Cold War, c1945–1991 40% of the A Level
This focuses on the Brink of Nuclear War: International Relations, c1945–1963 which is taught in Year 12 and From Détente to the end of the Cold War, c1963–1991 which is taught in Year 13. In Year 12 the course covers:
- Relations at the end of WWII, the Iron Curtain, Berlin Blockade
- Korean war
- NATO , Warsaw Pact
- Cuban Missile Crisis
- Key world leaders e.g. Stalin, Roosevelt, Churchill, Khrushchev, Kennedy, Kim ll Sung
In Year 13 the course covers
- The Cuban Missile Crisis
- The Vietnam war
- The Second Cold War: the reasons for renewed hostilities and developments, including the
- Soviet invasion of Afghanistan
- The collapse of Communism in the Eastern European soviet satellite states; the end of the Brezhnev Doctrine and significance of events of 1989
- The ending of Cold War tensions in Asia: Afghanistan; the Americas: Cuba, Nicaragua and El Salvador; Africa: Angola and Ethiopia
- Role of individuals such as Reagan, Thatcher, The Brezhnev era, 1968–1985
UNIT 3 RUSSIAN REVOLUTION COURSEWORK 20% of A Level
This involves a study of approximately 100 years of Russian History from 1856 to 1964. This includes the last Tsars, Alexander II and III, Nicholas II, the Russian Revolution, the regimes of both Lenin and Stalin. Students will be required to complete an extended essay of 3000 words. Students will be completing this after the Year 12 AS examinations in the Summer Term.
Students will sit 2 examinations at the end of Year 13 on Units 1 and 2. This will examine the whole of the course content covered in both year 12 AND year 13.
Both Higher and Further Educational establishments hold History in high regard as an entry qualification, and employers recognise the value of historical studies as an academic discipline that provides the context for political, social and economic developments. These are varied. Many prominent lawyers, journalists, TV researchers, politicians and professionals
in a wide variety of fields have employed an academic historical training to good effect. Most History graduates progress to vocational and professional qualifications, which include law, the Civil Service, management, teaching, accountancy, banking, journalism, publishing, administration and the heritage industry.
Do not think that studying History will only prepare you for careers involving History, the skills you develop are as important as the content. The top 100 British companies, the so-called Footsie, have in total 1,011 directors. The most common first degree subjects studied by these directors are Engineering, Science and Maths, Economics, and History. For example the chief executives of ICI and Railtrack read History at University. Please contact Ms North for a leaflet giving more details of career opportunities.