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History at John O'Gaunt School

Course description

What does the AS specification consist of and how is it assessed?You study two units at AS level:Unit 1: a) Pursuing Life and Liberty: Equality in the USA, 1945-68b) Politics, Presidency and Society in the USA, 1968-2001 • The social and economic position of black citizens in the USA in the 1940s and early 1950s: the nature and extent of discrimination and segregation; signs of change by 1955. • Martin Luther King and peaceful protest. • The Presidencies of Nixon, Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush and Clinton: reasons for the outcomes of elections; Watergate and the constitutional issues to which it gave rise. • Social issues and their political impact: feminism; the rights of minorities; religious belief; the importance of the Supreme Court. • Popular culture: the media, film, television, radio and journalism; the importance of sport for race relations. • Black power and the use of violence; the extent to which equality had been achieved by 1968.Assessment - written exam - 1 hour 20 minutes Unit 2: British political history in the nineteenth century; representation and reform, 1830-1885.• The Great Reform Act: its immediate causes (from 1830); passage and impact to 1850.• Chartism: origins of the movement from 1832; course and nature of threat to the authorities; its impact on politics and the political culture of working people.• Parliamentary reform and redistribution, 1867-85: the causes, significance and impact to 1885 of parliamentary reforms and associated franchise reforms.• The implications of Parliamentary reform for the development of the Whig/Liberal and Tory/Conservative parties.Assessment – written exam based on sources – 1 hour 20 minutes.What does the A2 specification consist of and how is it assessed?Unit 3: From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900 – 1945 • The Second Reich — society and government in Germany, c1900-19: economic expansion; political and social tensions; the impact of the First World War. • The democratic experiment, 1919-29: crises and survival, 1919-24; Stresemann and recovery; the ‘Golden Years’ of the Weimar Republic; Weimar culture. • The rise of the Nazis: origins to 1928; impact of the slump in town and country, 1928-33; growing support; coming to power. • Life in wartime Germany, 1939-45: opposition and conformity; persecution of the Jews and the development of the idea of the ‘Final Solution’; the efficiency of the war economy.Assessment – written exam, based on sources and essay questions – 2 hoursUnit 4: Independent Historical Enquiry How have women’s lives changed as a result of conflict in the 19th and 20th centuries.Assessed internally as coursework – 40% of the A2

Entry requirements

A* to C GCSE History

Future opportunities

What might I use this qualification for?The skills you learn to use in History are excellent for many career pathways - interpretation, judgement, an analytical approach to evidence, the ability to read selectively and critically - all are excellent preparation for university courses.The ability to assimilate evidence and different interpretations, and then to make a judgement, are very important skills in the world of business and management.History can lead to many exciting career opportunities. It is not essentially a vocational subject but its skills are valued in university courses such as journalism, law, nursing and medicine as well as the more obvious history, politics and social sciences. It is similarly appealing to a wide range of employers, from the world of finance to management and science. History appears within the Russell Groups’ list of approved A-level subjects.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact John O'Gaunt School directly.

Last updated date: 24 June 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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