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History A Level at St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School

Course description

A Level History involves a substantial amount of independent learning. In lessons it is taught through a variety of learning styles including discussions, source analysis, reading texts and group work. The main focus is on developing students’ historical skills especially their essay writing and ability to evaluate sources. Students must be prepared to read widely around the subject. Homework will include appropriate reading and structured written tasks, especially essays and answering questions about sources.

Course content

Unit 1 : Henry VII to Mary I This unit will cover some of the key issues of one of the defining eras of British history. How did the beginning of the Tudor dynasty mark a new era? What were Henry VIII’s monumental decisions that managed to change the face of Britain? Were they driven by his lovelife or by greed? What drove people to rebel against Tudor monarchs? Why is Mary Tudor known as ‘Bloody Mary’?

Unit 2 : The Cold War in Europe 1941-1995 A chance to look at a conflict that still resonates in International Relations and has shaped a generation that is still with us. The course will look at the collapse of the war-time alliance and creation of the ‘Iron Curtain’ in Europe. It will analyse the reasons behind and impact of the arms race and the huge impact of the Berlin Wall. The course will examine the effects on society in Europe and why communism came to an end in 1989, and the lasting impacts into the nineties.

Unit 3 : The Cold War This unit builds upon the knowledge delivered in unit two and gives students and opportunity to build their own essay analysing a key element of this, providing them with academic ownership of a historical subject.

Unit 4 : Russia and its Rulers A study of the last Tsars and the Communist Commissars of Russia. This unit explores the changes and the continuities of Russian history from 1855-1964. Students start to unravel the mysteries of the Russia that lurched dramatically and bloodily from being under the yoke of one of the world’s most famous and most wealthy ruling families- the Romanovs, to a different kind of despotism under the dictatorship of Stalin. Students will also analyse the opinions of historians and form their own in the depth study.

Entry requirements

History GCSE is not required but must be passed at Grade C if studied. At least one B grade in an essay-based subject is required as part of the normal entry requirements.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School directly.

Last updated date: 26 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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