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History A Level at QE Academy Trust

Course description

- Acquire and communicate knowledge and understanding of the periods studied.
- Develop understanding of historical terms and concepts.
- Explore the significance of events, individuals, issues and societies in history.
- Understand the nature of historical evidence, and how to analyse and evaluate it.
- Understand how the past has been interpreted and represented.
- Develop understanding of the nature of historical study.  
- Develop an interest and enthusiasm for history.

Through completing the course students develop high‐level transferable skills that are valued by higher education and employers. A GCSE in History is highly recommended but not compulsory for entry to the course.

Course content

A‐Level Units

Unit 1: The Tudors: England, 1485–1603
This unit explores one of the most fascinating and dynamic periods in English history. It examines the changing nature of politics, religion, monarchy and rebellion.  

Part I: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485‐1547
- Henry VII and Henry VIII: Consolidation of power and the removal of threats
- Henry VIII: The Renaissance Prince – character, aims and image
- The Role of Wolsey and English Foreign Policy  
- Revolution in Church and State: Religious Reformation and the Royal Supremacy
- Faction Politics: Foreign and Domestic Policy 1540‐47

Part II: Turmoil and Triumph: England 1547‐1603
- Edward VI: Minority Government under Somerset and Northumberland
- Mary I: Religious Changes and Foreign Relations  
- Elizabeth as Queen: Character, Aims and Image  
- Foreign and Religious Policy in Elizabethan England
- Relations with Parliament and the Problems of Succession  

Assessment: Examination (2hrs 30mins, three questions): Weight: 40%   Unit 2: The Cold War, c1945‐1991

An exploration of the modern history of our world: the creation of the economic, social, geographical and political relations of our time.  

Part I: To the Brink of Nuclear War: International Relations, c1945‐1962
- Origins of the Cold War: the Aftermath of World War II and Opposition Ideologies
- The Development of the Cold War and Asia: China, Taiwan, Korea, Vietnam and Japan
- The Arms Race: Kennedy, Khrushchev and the Cuban Missile Crisis

Part II: Détente to the End of the Cold War, c1962‐1991
- The Impact of Vietnam , USA Relations with China, Détente
- The New Cold War: Iran, Afghanistan
- Ending of the Cold War: Reagan, Gorbachev and Collapse in Eastern Europe

Assessment: Examination (2hrs, 30mins, 3 questions): Weight: 40%  

Unit 3: Historical Investigation 

A personal study based on a topic of the student’s choice. Students may study a specific issue in depth over a short period of time, or a broader theme and/or development over a longer period. Issues which relate to international, national or local developments are appropriate, as are investigations which adopt specific historical perspectives such as cultural, social or technological. Through undertaking the Historical Investigation, students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. They will broaden their study of the past whilst having the opportunity to study a specific issue in great depth.

Assessment: Coursework, 3,000‐3,500 words: Weight: 20%

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: to do the Level 3 programme at Queen Elizabeth’s, you will need
to have achieved 5 or more GCSEs at grades A*‐C including at least one of
English/Maths. Individual courses might also require certain grades at GCSE in
particular subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact QE Academy Trust directly.

Last updated date: 17 December 2015
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