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History A Level at Bethnal Green Academy

Course description

AS Level

Unit 1: Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA, 1945 – 68 and Ideology, Conflict and Retreat: the USA in Asia 1950 – 73

In this unit students study aspects of the past in breadth through periods or themes. The written examination is 1 hour 20 minutes and students will be required to answer two questions. The questions will require candidates to present historical explanations and assess their significance in the historical context of events, individuals’ ideas, attitudes and/or beliefs and the ways in which they influenced behaviours and action.

Unit 2: Mass Media, Popular Culture and Social Change in Britain since 1945

This unit examines the role which mass media has played in tracking and moulding social change in British society since 1945. Students will have the opportunity to study the social history of Britain since 1945, through the lens of popular culture and mass media, raising questions about the relationships which these factors hold with one another. Does mass media mould or mirror popular culture? Has the British media challenged figures of authority in society? To what extent has media sparked social revolutions, anarchy and turbulent social change, or has it simply responded to these changes? Students are examined in a source paper of 1 hour 20 minutes.

A2 Level

Unit 3: The United States, 1917 – 54: Boom, Bust and Recovery

The focus of this topic is on the domestic history of the USA in the period from 1917, through the period of boom and bust and the economic recovery after 1941 and on the impact on US Society. The key areas of study include the economy of the US in the 1920s, the social and political tension in the USA up to 1933, Roosevelt as President including opposition to his New Deal and finally the impact of WW2 and its aftermath on the USA. This unit is exam assessed with an essay style question in part A. In part B of the exam, students are asked to investigate historical interpretations through the analysis of secondary sources and the application of their own knowledge.

Unit 4: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1830-1965

This is a coursework unit, examining the factors influencing changing attitudes to crime and punishment and the outcomes of these changed attitudes. We will look at the impact of industrialisation on the crime rate in the early 19th century and on the crimes committed, changes in policing, the successes and failures of different forms of prison for men, women and juveniles and the changing approaches to punishment and law enforcement over the period. Students are assessed by two essays, which require independent research and have scope for students to follow their particular area of interest.

Entry requirements

Grade B GCSE in History and Grade C GCSE in English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bethnal Green Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 March 2015

Key information

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