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History AS & A Level at Brine Leas School

Course description

Component One - Tudor England, 1485-1603

This breadth study requires the study of an extended period and enables students to develop secure understanding of the process of change over time.

Year 12 - Consolidation of the Tudor: England, 1485-1547

  • Monarchy restored and enhanced, 1485-1529
  • Revolution in Church and state, 1529-1547

Year 13 - England 1547-1603: Turmoil and Triumph

  • Religious and political instability and consolidation, 1547-1570
  • Gloriana and decline, 1571-1603

Component Two - The Transformation of China, 1936–1997

This depth study is focused on a significant period of historical change or development. Students will develop detailed knowledge and understanding of developments and the roles of individuals, groups, ideas and ideology.

Year 12 - The Emergence of the People's Republic of China, 1936–1962

  • The origins of the Civil War, 1936-1946
  • Communist Victory and the consolidation of Mao's rule, 1946-1953
  • The transition to Socialism, 1953-1962

Year 13 - The People's Republic of China: Economic growth and the transformation of the state, 1962- 1997

  • Reform and control, 1962-1966
  • The Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976
  • The Deng Era, 1976-1997

Component Three - Historical Investigation

The final unit provides students with the opportunity to study an area of history in which they have a particular interest. They will produce a 3,000- 3,500 word essay on a topic of their choice.

Course content

AS Level

Consolidation of the Tudor: England, 1485 - 1547

  • 50%
  • 1 hours and 30 minute exam
  • Section A - one two-part interpretation question
  • Section B - one two-part question

The Emergence of the People's Republic of China, 1936 - 1962

  • 50%
  • 1 hours and 30 minute exam
  • Section A - one two-part source question
  • Section B - one two-part question

A Level

Tudor England 1485 - 1603

  • 40%
  • 2 hours and 30 minute exam
  • Section A – one interpretation question
  • Section B – two from four essays

The Transformation of China, 1936 - 1997

  • 40%
  • 2 hours and 30 minute exam
  • Section A – one source question
  • Section B – two from three essays

Students choice of topic:

  • 20%
  • 3,000 - 3,500 word essay

Entry requirements

Students will preferably have achieved Grade B at GCSE Level, plus Grade B in GCSE English.

Future opportunities

History enables the student to think critically and to analyse and solve problems. Careers requiring these skills include law, investment banking and consultancies, advertising, accountancy, the Civil Service, publishing, journalism and the media, global charity work, museums, librarianship, archive work and teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 30 September 2016

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