History A Level

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History A Level

Beauty Therapy VTCT

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 Mrs L Hustwayte

Biology A Level

About the subject

Year 12 Overview

 

Students study two modules for history sixth form.  They are as follows:

Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia, 1855–1917

Throughout year 12 students will be investigating the following Units of work:

 

1.       Trying to preserve autocracy, 1855–1894

-Pupils will analyse the roles of Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II and their attempts to preserve autocracy in Russia.

 

2.       The collapse of autocracy, 1894–1917

-Pupils will analyse the role of Nicholas I, the Provisional Government and the emergence of the Bolsheviks.

By the end of year 12 students should have a good understanding of breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

• How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?

• Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?

• How and with what results did the economy develop and change?

• What was the extent of social and cultural change?

• How important were ideas and ideology?

• How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

 

The Break with Rome c.1529-1547

 

Throughout the year students will be investigating:

1.       The Church in c. 1529 – where students will analyse the state of religious belief, the extent of Church corruption and the new ideas that threatened to tear apart the Christian Church.

 

2.       The break from Rome, c.1529-1536 – where students assess the causes of Henry’s break from Catholic tradition and the extent to which divorce drove change in religious teaching.

 

3.       Change and reaction, 1536-1547 – where students will try to identify themes and patterns in Henry’s religious policy as well as looking at the violent reactions to change at home and abroad.

 

This option provides for the study in depth of a period of major change in the English Church and government, focusing on issues which led England to break with Rome and the problems surrounding the establishment of a new Anglican Church and faith. It explores concepts such as piety, humanism, Protestantism, Catholicism, authority and conformity and promotes an in-depth understanding of the relationship between Church and state, monarch and parliament, faith and pragmatism.

 

Year 13 Overview

 

Students deepen their understanding of their AS course by completing the two following exam options and a piece of coursework.

 

The Soviet Union 1917-1964

Throughout year 13, students will study the following units of work:

1.       The emergence of a Communist Dictatorship, 1917-1964

-Pupils will compare the ideologies of Lenin and Stalin and investigate their social, political and economic policies and the impact these had on Russia and the people.

 

2.       The Stalinism Dictatorship and reaction, 1941-1953

-Pupils will investigate the impact of World War Two on the Stalinist regime and his authority, economic, political and social developments and the rise and fall of Khrushchev.

By the end of year 13 students should have a good understanding of the entire course (1855-1964) and breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

• How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?

• Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?

• How and with what results did the economy develop and change?

• What was the extent of social and cultural change?

• How important were ideas and ideology?

• How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

 

The establishment of the Church of England, 1547-c.1570

Throughout the year students will be investigating:

1.       The Protestant Party and the King – where students will examine the Protestant reign of Edward VI, the extent of religious change this boy king was able to introduce and the rebellions against him.

 

2.       The restoration of Papal Authority, 1553-1558  – where students assess the extent of change under Mary I and her brutal repression of Protestant dissenters.

 

3.       The establishment of the Church of England, 1558-c.1570 – where students will try to assess how far Elizabeth established a ‘middle way’ between Catholicism and Protestantism.

 

By the end of the year, students should have an in-depth understanding of the religious ideas that resulted in so much tension and bloodshed in the 16th century. They should also be able to establish the extent of continuity and change in the religious policy of the Tudors. This course will also get students to think deeply about the causes of revolutionary change and the reaction of ordinary people to these great events.

 

Historical Investigation

This course also gives students a unique chance to develop university style skills by conducting their own research into the struggle for African American Civil Rights. Students will be identifying and analysing the works of historians alongside primary source material to assess the extent of change for African Americans in the 19th and 20th centuries.

 

 

 

Exam board used for A Level or BTEC

AQA

Link to the specification from the exam board

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