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History A Level at The Trinity Catholic School

Course description

1 From Autocracy to Communism: Russia 1894 – 1941
Written examination – 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
2 The Age of Gladstone and Disraeli 1865 - 1886
Written examination – 50% of AS, 25% of A-Level
Unit 1
This course centers around Russia’s turbulent political past. It analyses the
reasons why Russia did not continue with an Autocratic regime and instead
experienced two revolutions with the outcome being the establishment of a
Communist government. We look at Nicholas II, Lenin and Stalin to ascertain
whether they were true leaders or were they merely dictators who took and
held power by force.
Unit 2
This option considers the political developments of the period and the impact
on these of two notable individuals. We analyse the extent to which two
major Victorian figures were able to bring about change in the short term in
domestic and foreign affairs. How they reformed Parliament, in social issues
and in the widening of opportunities for all and how far progress was made.
We look at Gladstone and the extent to which his efforts to meet the problems
in Ireland were successful. Disraeli’s commitment to building an Empire is also
investigated and how this impacted on the country.

3 Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603
Written examination - 50% of A2, 25% of A-Level
4 Nazi Germany 1933 – 1945
Coursework - 50% of A2, 25% of A-Level
Unit 3
This unit focuses on the nature and extent of rebellion and disorder in England
and Ireland during this period. Several revolts and rebellions are considered
such as the Pilgrimage of Grace, Amicable Grant, Kildare, Shane O’Neill and
the Northern Earls. The reasons as to why rebellion and disorders existed
throughout the Tudor period are analsyed as is the frequency and nature
of disturbance. Regional variations, objectives, size, support, leadership,
organization and differences between rebellions in England and Ireland also
played an important part and again these factors are taken into to account.
We also consider the Tudor governments response to the threat of disorder at
the time and the extent to which rebellions presented a serious threat to the
Unit 4
This unit considers the nature of Nazi government, its impact on Germany
and the extent of the social revolution it brought about. The regimes racial
aims and policies are investigated as is the nature and extent of opposition to
the regime. We consider how did Nazi Germany maintain control and reduce
the chances of effective opposition –by repression, propaganda or compliance?
Did domestic policies create the ideal of the Volksgemeinschaft? And to what
extent was the Holocaust the result of premeditated planning or was it a result
of cumulative radicalism and the circumstances of war? Hitler’s personality
and style of leadership is also analysed was he ‘a weak dictator’ or a true leader
of men?

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Trinity Catholic School directly.

Last updated date: 05 November 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years