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History at The Joseph Rowntree School

Course description

AS Units:

Unit 1: RUSSIA 1894-1941 - In this unit you will study the problems in Russia during the reign of Nicholas II and the causes and results of the Russian Revolution in 1917. You will examine Stalin’s rule in the USSR and the economic development of the USSR up to 1941.

Unit 2: THE MID-TUDOR CRISES, 1536-1569 - In this unit you will study how stable the Tudor monarchy was and examine the economic, social and religious changes at the time. You will learn about the challenges to royal authority and judge how serious a threat these were to the Tudor regime.

A2 Units:

Unit 3: ELIZABETH I, 1558-1603 (COURSEWORK) - In this unit you will study Elizabeth’s relations with government, parliament and her Privy Council. You will investigate the religious conflicts of her reign and the extent of the threat from Catholics and Puritans. You will consider the problem of the succession and her marriage negotiations as well as threats to her throne from Mary Queen of Scots and others.

Unit 4: ENGLAND’S RELATIONS WITH FOREIGN POWERS, 1485-1603 - This unit is a synoptic historical study, meaning that it examines trends over a long period of time. You will learn about how and why England’s relations with other European countries changed during the Tudor period and what effect this had on England.

Entry requirements

To be successful at A-Level, students need to achieve an average points score of 38, which is broadly equivalent to 5 GCSE grades A*-C

GCSE grade C in History. It is possible to do the course if you have not done GCSE History provided your other subject grades are good and show you are capable of making up lost ground in the subject.

A good grade in English GCSE is also desirable.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Joseph Rowntree School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

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