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HISTORY at The Langley Academy

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Unit Outline – AS

Unit 1: Historical Themes in Breadth

Two topics, chronologically arranged, are studied - the focus is on historical themes in breadth. This means you will understand and explain why things changed over a period of time, with the ability to analyse differing points of view offered by historians.

Russian in Revolution 1881 – 1924:

Students will:

  1. Understand why Russia changed from being ruled by a monarch with absolute power to become the world’s first communist state
  2. Look at the interpretations that attempt to explain the causes of the Revolution
  3. Study the rise of one man, Lenin, above other leaders in the creation of the USSR.

Stalin’s Russia – 1924 – 1953:

Students will:

  1. Analyse the reasons for Stalin’s assumption of power
  2. Chart the establishment and consolidation of the communist state
  3. Study the impact of the purges on society and the economy
  4. Analyse the legacy of Stalin for the future welfare of the USSR.

Unit 2: British History Depth Studies

The course is a study of British history in depth using source materials. We will be looking at the attitudes, beliefs and structures of the societies which we study. You must be able to reach reasoned and supported judgements using evidence

Britain and the Nationalist challenge in India 1900-47

Students will study:

  1. The importance of the Indian Empire to Britain: politically, commercially and culturally. British rule in India, c1900-14 and its impact on Indians and the British living in India.
  2. The significance of the First World War on the relationship between Britain and India.
  3. The rise of nationalism in India: development of Congress and growing importance of the Muslim League; Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah to 1939.
  1. The impact of the Second World War; economic and political imperatives in Britain and India driving independence; the role of Mountbatten; the decision to partition and the immediate consequences of that decision.

Unit Outline - A2

Two main areas of law are covered at A2 this includes criminal law and law of torts. In each section the second unit is a special study based on pre-released material.

Unit 3: Depth Studies and Associated Historical Controversies

Students undertake a study in some depth at a more demanding level than that required in Unit 2. Students gain a firm understanding both of the selected chronology and of key issues, problems and debates associated with it. Each of these studies in depth enables students to explore the nature of challenges and conflict both within the period and relating to the societies and/or political systems studied.

Students will study one option from the choice below.

Option A: Revolution and Conflict in England

Option B: Politics, Protest and Revolution

Option C: The United States: Challenged and Transformed

Option D: The Challenge of Fascism

Option E: War and Peace: 20th Century International Relations

Unit 4: Historical Enquiry

Students address key aspects of a chosen theme over a period of at least 100 years in order to develop their understanding of the process of change over a long period. They will investigate issues relating to their causes and consequences, both long- and short term, and will demonstrate an understanding of factors that may accelerate, consolidate or retard the process of change. Students will follow a short introductory course which provides an overview of the key strands of development in the chosen topic over a period of at least 100 years. The course will provide the context for students’ enquiries.

Students will study one of the following areas in order to complete the extended essays.

• Ancient and Medieval History

• Early Modern British and European History

• Modern British History

• Modern European and World History

Entry requirements

English GCSE B

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Langley Academy directly.

Last updated date: 29 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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