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History A Level at Myton School

Course description

A Level History is a lively course which gives students a broad understanding of key historical themes. The units chosen offer the opportunity to study political, social, economic and religious history through important periods in three different countries.

The course also allows students to study the impact of individuals of enormous historical significance including Lenin, Stalin, Martin Luther King and the Tudor Dynasty, from Henry VII to Elizabeth I.

Course content

YEAR 12

The Year 12 course will be divided into two units.

Unit 1 will look at the early Tudors. Students will look at the contrasting approaches of Henry VII and his son Henry VIII as the country emerged from the wreckage of the Wars of the Roses. The course allows students to study one of English history’s most recognisable figures. The reign of Henry VIII (or Henry the Great as he expected to be remembered) left an indelible mark on the subsequent history of this country.

This course looks at his attempts to make an impact in Europe as a young king, his government of England and the course and impact of his break with the Roman Catholic Church in the 1530s. Finally we will look at the later years of Henry’s reign when Henry becomes increasingly paranoid and unstable.

Unit 2 will be based on the transformation of Russia during the first half of the twentieth century. Students will explore the rule of the last Tsar of Russia, Nicholas II and his attempts to contain the rising tide of revolution. The role of the First World War in the bringing about the downfall of the Tsar will be assessed, along with the damaging effect of Rasputin’s influence before we look at the two revolutions of 1917, and the birth of the World’s first communist state. The period of the Civil War will form the basis of an interpretations enquiry before students look at the unlikely rise of Stalin as Lenin’s successor.

YEAR 13

In Year 13 students will engage in an enquiry into the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I when religious turbulence and economic difficulties have led some historians to describe the period as the Mid-Tudor Crisis. The final Tudor monarch, Elizabeth, will be the focus for much of the year. We will explore her attempts at religious compromise, her relationships with leading councillors and the challenges posed by foreign policy including the growing enmity with Philip II of Spain and the launch of the Spanish Armada.

Students will also study the rule of Stalin as he strengthened his grip on the country through terror and propaganda while transforming the industry and agriculture of Russia. Students will look at his terrifying regime but also explore the extraordinary challenges posed by the Second World War and the USSR’s emergence as a superpower.

The final element of the course will be a personal investigation into the Civil Rights movement in America. After a brief taught course students will identify their own question which looks at the period from 1865 to 1968. They may choose to focus on the impact of the Civil War on the position of African Americans, the importance of key figures such as Martin Luther King, Marcus Garvey or Malcolm X, or the reason for continuing opposition to the Civil Rights movement.

Entry requirements

At least a grade 6 in GCSE History or a 6 in English (if not taking History)

Assessment

Students will be assessed by completing 2 exams at the end of Year 13 worth 80% overall and will also complete a coursework piece worth 20% submitted before the summer exams.

Future opportunities

A high number of our students each year have gone on to study history at degree level. It has also helped students who have wanted to study other subjects such as journalism, politics and law. Increasingly, students who study scientific subjects in the sixth form have found it extremely useful in developing skills of writing and critical thinking.
Beyond university, qualifications in history can open doors to a wide variety of professions particularly law, journalism and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 02 January 2018
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