Unit 1 = Tudor England, 1485-1603
• Monarchical power
• Dynastic relations
• War and Foreign Policy
• Religious Divisions
• Social Changes
• Monarchs – Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I
Unit 2 = The American Dream, 1945-1980
• Challenges at home and abroad
• Civil Rights
• Vietnam/Korean War
• Social Divisions
• Key People in the American Presidency
Unit 3 = Non-Examined Assessment – a 4,500-word independent coursework essay on a topic of your choice
Unit 1 The Tudors: England, 1485-1603 How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy? How successful was foreign and domestic policy and how effective was England governed during this period? Key Focuses: Henry VII’s victory as the first Tudor, Henry VIII’s crisis in religion, Edward VI—the boy king, Bloody Mary?, and the triumph of Elizabeth I.
Unit 2 The American Dream: reality and illusion, 1945 – 1980 What challenges were faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower? Was the ‘American dream’ shared by all? Explore concepts such as American identity at home and abroad, anti-communism, social equality, ethnic identities and federal versus states’ rights.
Unit 3 Historical Investigation This module allows students to select a topic of their choice. Through mentoring and support lessons, students will independently research and investigate their chosen theme Use of primary and secondary source material to produce a 3,000 word investigation
Unit 1 = 40% of A Level | 1 x 2hr 30mins examination (yr. 13)
Unit 2 = 40% of A Level | 1 x 2hr 30mins examination (yr. 13)
Unit 3 = 20% of A Level | 1 x 3,500 word essay (internally assessed)
Minimum Grade 4 at GCSE History/ English
History shows an employer or university that you have key literacy skills, can study independently and can analyse arguments and create your own judgements.
History offers many exciting routes for future career paths including: journalism, education, law, TV/Film researcher, archivist, public and civil service.