Students will study one British period study for Unit 1 and one non-British period study for Unit 2.
The British topic is England 1445–1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, which will cover Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII's rule in England, examining topics such as battles, patronage, opposition and the nobility. This also includes the sources Enquiry topic the Wars of the Roses 1445–1461 which examines the Outbreak of the Wars, the actions of Richard, Duke of York, war and his defeat. Students learn about the famous Princes in the Tower and about many aspects of government.
The European topic is Italy 1896–1943 and allows students to track the development of the country from reunification to the collapse of the Fascist regime during the Second World War. Students also learn about the impact of the First World War and the Peace Treaties, the rise of Mussolini, his creation of a dictatorship, propaganda and Italian alliance with the Axis powers.
Students will study a thematic and interpretations study for Unit 3, which is Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964. This begins in the age of the Tsars, moving to the First World War's impact and the revolutions of 1917. Students also learn about the development of Communism and the USSR's role in the Cold War.