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HISTORY at Trinity Catholic School

Course description

Component 1- Breadth Study – The Tudors: England, 1485-1603

Students study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in the period.

Part 1 (A/S Level–50%) – Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485-1547

Henry VII 1485-1509; Henry VIII, 1509-1547;

Part 2 (A-Level plus part 1 -40%)- England: Turmoil and Triumph, 1547-1603

Instability and consolidation: ‘the Mid-Tudor Crisis’ 1547-1563; The triumph of Elizabeth, 1563-1603.

Component 2- Depth Study- The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-63

This option provides students with the opportunity to study in depth the challenges faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the 2nd World War.

Part 1 (A/S Level- 50%)- Prosperity, Inequality and Super Power status, 1945-1963

Truman and Post-war America, 1945-1952; Eisenhower: Tranquillity and Crisis, 1953-1960; John F Kennedy and the ‘New Frontier’, 1961-1963.

Part 2 (A-Level plus part 1- 40%) –Challenges to the American Dream. 1963-1980

The Johnson Presidency 1963-1968, Republican Reaction: the Nixon Presidency, 1968-1974; the USA after Nixon, 1974-1980.

Course content


Component 2- Depth Study- The Cold War, 1945-1991

This unit provides students with the opportunity to study in depth the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which brought threats as a nuclear Armageddon

Part 1 (A/S Level- 50%)- To the brink of Nuclear War: International Relations, 1945-1962.

The Origins of the Cold War, 1945-49; The Widening of the Cold War, 1949-1955, The Global War, 1955-1963.


Part 2 (A-Level plus part 1- 40%)- From Détente to the end of the Cold War, 1962-1991

Confrontation and cooperation, 1963-1968; The Brezhnev era, 1968-1985; The Ending of the Cold War, 1985-1991.

Component 3- Historical Investigation. (A-Level only 20%)

Non- Examined Assessment

Candidates will be required to submit a Historical Investigation (extended essay) of 3000-3500 words.  There is a choice of issue and question around a theme.  The issue to be studied must be placed in the context of approximately 100 years.

Entry requirements

Grade B in History GCSE.

Future opportunities

What next?

The History A-Level is a highly regarded academic qualification among the universities and employers alike.  The ‘Which’ consumer guides wrote the following in their ‘Which subject ; Which career?‘ Historians are regarded as having had an education that trains their minds to assemble, organise and present facts and opinions and this is very useful quality in many walks of life and careers…history is an excellent preparation for very many other jobs.’

History graduates often go on to work in various fields such as Law, Journalism, Business, Economics and Politics.


Further information

Who should I contact for more information?
Please contact Deborah Hayden, Head of History or a member of the History department for any additional information.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 17 December 2014
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  • Start date: Next September