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History A Level (AQA) at The Sixth Form at Cornwallis Academy

Course description

Key Skills and Opportunities Understanding of change and continuity over time, multi-causal approach to enquiry, in-depth source analysis through thorough interpretation evaluation, essay and literature skills; and independent study and research Opportunities Students will also get the opportunity to hear expert Historians lecture on their subjects. 2 students will also get the opportunity to visit Auschwitz as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual project.

Course content

Unit 1 The Tudors: England, 1485-1603 How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy? How successful was foreign and domestic policy and how effective was England governed during this period? Key Focuses: Henry VII’s victory as the first Tudor, Henry VIII’s crisis in religion, Edward VI—the boy king, Bloody Mary?, and the triumph of Elizabeth I.

Unit 2 The American Dream: reality and illusion, 1945 – 1980 What challenges were faced by the USA at home and abroad as it emerged from the Second World War as a Superpower? Was the ‘American dream’ shared by all? Explore concepts such as American identity at home and abroad, anti-communism, social equality, ethnic identities and federal versus states’ rights.

Unit 3 Historical Investigation This module allows students to select a topic of their choice. Through mentoring and support lessons, students will independently research and investigate their chosen theme Use of primary and secondary source material to produce a 3,000 word investigation

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements = Grade 4 at GCSE History/ English


Unit 1 = 40% of A Level | 1 x 2hr 30mins examination (yr. 13)

Unit 2 = 40% of A Level | 1 x 2hr 30mins examination (yr. 13)

Unit 3 = 20% of A Level | 1 x 3,500 word essay (internally assessed)

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Last updated date: 06 November 2018
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  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years

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