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A-Level History at Birmingham Ormiston Academy

Course description

A-Level History

Unit 1J: The Making of a Superpower: USA 1865-1975 (40% of A-Level)

This unit provides an overview of US history from the end of the Civil War to Vietnam and the Watergate Scandal. It was a time of great change, when America arrived on the world stage, growing in to the global superpower that we know today.

Here are just some of the topics we will cover;

  • Reconstruction post-Civil War
  • Segregation in the South
  • Rise of Big Business & Mass Immigration
  • World War One & World War Two
  • Jazz Age, Prohibition and Organised Crime
  • Wall Street Crash, Great Depression and the New Deal
  • Civil Rights
  • The Cold War – Cuba, Vietnam etc.

Assessment

You will be assessed on this course in a 2 hour 30 minute examination in June 2017

Unit 2E: The English Revolution 1625-1660 (40% of A-Level).

This course will study the origins of the English Civil War in the seventeenth century. This was a key turning point in the relationship between the monarchy and Parliament, which contributed significantly to the development of the modern British State. Here are just some of the topics we will cover;

  • Tensions between Parliament and the Monarchy
  • The rule of Charles I, including the concept of Divine Right
  • The role of religious and political radicalism, such as the Levellers and the Diggers
  • Leadership of Oliver Cromwell
  • Military leadership in the Civil Wars & the emergence of the New Model Army
  • The execution of Charles I and the attempt at a settlement
  • Oliver Cromwell, the Protectorate & the Restoration of Monarchy under Charles II

Assessment

You will be assessed on this course in a 2 hour 30 minute examination in June 2017

Unit 3: Historical Investigation Russia 1853-1953 (20% of A-Level)

How did Russia become the Soviet Union? How did a nation of Tsars and Peasants become an Industrial Superpower? This unit will pose a variety of challenging questions and will give you the opportunity to investigate the changing nature of Russian society and to assess the impact of Communism therein. Students will examine this period in a variety of ways. The broad outline of this period of Russian history will be taught in class and students will conduct independent research into the finer detail of the key events. Consideration will be given in this unit to historiographical issues and students will need to consider the way in which Russian History has been written by historians.

Assessment

One piece of coursework of approximately 3500 words in length which constitutes 20% of the overall A-level mark.

AS Level

Unit 1J: The Making of a Superpower, USA 1865-1920 (50% of AS Level)

  • Reconstruction post-Civil War
  • Segregation in the South
  • Rise of Big Business
  • Mass immigration
  • World War One

Assessment

You will be assessed on this course in a 1 hour 30 minute examination in June 2016.

Unit 2E: The English Revolution, 1625-1642 (50% of AS Level)

  •  The Origins of the English Civil War

Assessment

You will be assessed on this course in a 1 hour 30 minute examination in June 2016.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birmingham Ormiston Academy directly.

Last updated date: 28 September 2015
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Key information

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

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