Key Stage






Single Award

Valid for

2018 - 2020







Course Content & Assessment

History is who we are and why we are the way we are. (David McCullough)
We are shaped by our past just as the powerful nations of today were shaped by theirs. We are offering you the opportunity to gain an understanding of how two of today’s powerful nations were shaped by events in the 16th and 20th centuries. Our course looks at national and international History, contrasting a powerful emerging ‘Early Modern’ Nation with a 20th Century Super Power.

Unit 1 explores how the Tudors changed England internally, as well as how they began to spread England’s influence across the world as one of the most powerful nations of the time.

Unit 2 investigates how the USA’s internal struggles brought the nation closer to equality whilst also exploring their post-World War Two foreign conflicts from 1945-1976.

To complement the two taught units you will also have the freedom to carry out an independent study from a choice of topics. You will produce a 3,500 word analytical essay which combines all the skills developed in unit 1 and unit 2. Topics analysed so far have ranged from the motives behind the Crusades to the role of Ghandi in Indian Independence. 
Year 12/13 course description:
Students start their AS course in relatively familiar territory with the role of the USA in the Vietnam War. At the heart of this Unit is an analysis of American motives in relation to Vietnam at the height of the Cold War and what affect this had, not just on domestic opinion but on S-E Asia. Unit 2 is a complete change but, given events in the world today, provides students with an opportunity to explore European and Middle Eastern issues through the lens of the first four Crusades.

Unit 3 introduces students to the later Tudors and Elizabeth I. After establishing the nature of rule in England by 1558, the Unit considers the social, economic, religious and strategic issues which confronted Elizabeth I. Unit 4 is something the department has specialised in for many years. Students going on to Higher Education face many different styles of assessment, in particular, the dissertation. The Historical Enquiry is set within a module covering a 250 year period and which is taught. Students then research a topic of their choice within this period and produce a 3000 word dissertation.

Entry Criteria & Progression

Route A: GCSE Grade 6 in History
Route B: GCSE Grade 6 in English Language

Route B: GCSE Grade B Grade 6 in English Language

History is a traditional academic route through to university, college and employment. Employers and colleges see the transferable skills developed by the study of History as useful preparation for the world of work, especially the literacy and research skills.

History students continuing their studies in higher education have gone on to study History, Law, Politics, Sociology, Applied Social Sciences, Education and Journalism.