History

COURSE DESCRIPTION

This is an interesting and challenging course which offers students the opportunity to study British and European History in both depth and breadth. The course will include units focused on Early Modern British and European history, as well as 19th and 20th century American and European studies. The course provides opportunities to develop transferable skills ranging from research, document analysis, essay writing, questioning skills, group work and organisation of information. At A2 the personal study allows students to demonstrate a greater degree of flair and independence with in-depth research and analysis of a particular historical topic.

COURSE CONTENT: OCR History A

AS UNITS:

Unit 1: Early-Mid Tudors 1485-1558
(1 hour 30 minutes written exam)
How effectively did the Tudors establish and consolidate their monarchy?
This unit provides an overview of developments in England 1485-1558. It focuses on the growth of political stability under the Tudors from the instability of the reign of Richard III. The key developments of Henry VIII’s reign will be studied, as well as an examination of to what extent there was a Mid-Tudor crisis during the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I.
Unit 2: The Cold War in Asia 1945-1993
(1 hour written exam)
This unit will consider the policies of Western nations in Post War Asia. Particular attention will be given to the Korean War – causes, events, impact on public opinion and outcomes. US actions in Vietnam and Cambodia will also be studied in-depth.
A-LEVEL UNITS (IN ADDITION TO THE UNITS ABOVE):

Unit 3: Civil Rights in America – 1865-1992
(1 hour 30 minutes written exam)
This theme focuses on the struggle of citizens in the United States to get equality before the law. Students will learn about the factors than encouraged and discouraged change during this period. The struggle for civil rights will concentrate on specific groups such as African Americans, Trade Union and Labour rights, Native American Indians and women.
Unit 4: Historical Enquiry / Personal Study
Students will submit a Historical Enquiry based on the investigation of a historical issue over a 100 year period. This will be a partly taught course with students working independently to complete their enquiry. The focus of this course will be Spain 1477-1600.

CAREER POSSIBILITIES

An advanced level course in History is good preparation for anyone considering a degree in History, Politics, Law, Journalism and Social Studies. It provides transferable skills and academic rigour for Higher Education and the workplace

GCSE GRADE PROFILE

Students who study this subject will normally achieve A*-C grades in a range of subjects, including B grades in History and English.