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History at Gunnersbury Catholic School

Course description

The History A-Level course consists of four units. Two units are completed as part of the AS and the other two are completed to create the A2.

We will be offering two different-style courses (though some elements will be the same) at A-Level:

  1. Modern A-Level History of the 20th Century
  2. Modern and Early Modern A-Level History

This course will appeal to you if:

  • You have an interest in the world around you, the society you live in and how it has developed.
  • You like learning about people, how they interact, and what motivates them.
  • You like learning about different countries, societies and cultures.
  • You enjoy discussion, debate and argument.
  • You like to think for yourself and develop your own views.
  • You enjoy research and analyzing material to check for bias and propaganda.

Course content

Modern A-Level HIstory of the 20th Century/Modern and Early Modern History

Unit 1: A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century (AS) Topics and their focus:

Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA, 1945-68
Students will examine the life of black citizens in the USA in the 1940s and 50s.They will look at Martin Luther King and peaceful protest as opposed to Black power and violence.They will also examine other ethnic minorities

Ideology, Conflict and Retreat: The USA in Asia, 1950-68
Students will examine the Korean War, the French in Vietnam, the British in Malaysia, Growing US participation in Vietnam and the withdrawal of USA forces by Nixon.

Unit 2 - Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion 1509-1540 (AS)
The topic will focus on:

  • The Young Henry, his passion for war and leading characters such as Wolsey
  • The Reformation, Divorce and the desire for an heir
  • The establishment of Royal Supremacy, the Dissolution of the Monasteries and the rise and fall of Cromwell and Anne Boleyn

Unit 3: A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-90 (A2)
The topic will focus on:

  • The Post-Stalin Thaw and the bid of peaceful co-existence: Khrushchev, Eisenhower and Kennedy
  • The Arms Race and the Cuban Missile Crisis
  • Detente and the impact of it,

Unit 4: The Changing Nature of Warfare, c 1845-1991 (A2)
The topic will focus on:

  • A variety of key battles from 1845-1991
  • The way that warfare has changed over this period and the controversies surrounding new technology.

Entry requirements

Applicants will be required at least 5 GCSE passes at grade C or better PLUS grade B in GCSE History.

Assessment

Unit 1: A World Divided: Communism and Democracy in the 20th Century (AS) This unit is assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 20 minutes.

Unit 2 - Henry VIII: Authority, Nation and Religion 1509-1540 (AS)
This unit is assessed by an examination of 1 hour 20 minutes.

Unit 3: A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-90 (A2)
This unit is assessed by an examination of 2 hours.

Unit 4: The Changing Nature of Warfare, c 1845-1991 (A2)
This unit is assessed internally as coursework. You will be required to complete 2 questions which focus on a period of 100 years.

Future opportunities

You can progress to higher education courses such as honours degrees in History, or to degrees in related subjects such as Politics, English Literature, Economics or Geography; or to vocational qualifications such as the BTEC Higher National Certificate/Diploma in Media (Journalism) or in Travel and Tourism.

An Advanced GCE in History will give you a number of skills relevant to many types of employment, such as the ability to seek information and to analyse it in order to identify facts and motives and to present information clearly for others to understand.

The skills you will obtain through studying history will be useful in a number of careers, either directly relating to history (eg: working in museums, galleries, heritage sites, record offices and archives and teaching), or in areas such as journalism, national and local government, law and the civil service

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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