The course is divided into three clear sections
Firstly, the Tudors: England 1485-1603. This will include some of the following topics: How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy? How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured? How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
Secondly, Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945. This will include how the newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.
In addition to the two exams, students are required to write a Non-Examined Assessment of 3,000 words which is 20% of the final grade. This covers an approximate 100 year period and will be focused on Russia 1825-1917. However, if students show a particular interest in any other area of history that they would like to write about they can apply to do so during Year 12.
With your analytical, writing, debate and detective skills, you’ll be primed for a huge range of careers and related degree courses including law (where it is a preferred subject), politics, public sector, business, marketing, journalism, economics, teaching, academia, insurance, social research, archaeology and curation (museums, galleries, archives and libraries).
Students are required to hold at least a grade 5 in GCSE History. However students with a grade 5 in English will also be considered who did not study history at GCSE.
Why choose this subject? History is a facilitating subject that broadens student’s options upon application to university. It enables us to understand the human journey and the consequences of our actions. It develops the analytical skills of students and enables them to evaluate significance of the past and form sound judgements.