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Students joining us in Year 12 September 2020: please see a page of resources for you here. 

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Subject Leader

Mr D Hayes

Advanced Level



Why study History?


The study of History will provide a sound basis for both further education and entering the world of work.   History provides vital forensic and literary skills and is a sound basis for professions where concise, accurate reporting is important.  Students will develop a range of skills which will be of significant use to them both in further education and future employment.  The study of History helps students to improve as effective and individual learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers.  Students will learn to question the world around them rather than to simply accept the views and beliefs of others.

How will you be assessed?


Units 1 and 3 are each worth 30% of final grade.

Units 2 and 4 are each worth 20% of final grade.

Units 1-3 are externally marked.

Unit 4 is internally marked and externally moderated.

What will you study?  


Unit 1 – Britain, 1625-1701; conflict, revolution and settlement The quest for political stability, 1625-88; Religion, conflict and dissent, 1625-88; Social and intellectual challenge, 1625-88; Economy, trade and empire, 1625-88; How revolutionary in the years to 1701, was the Glorious Revolution of 1688-89?
Unit 2 – Russia in Revolution, 1894-1924 The rule of Nicholas II, 1894-1905; The end of Romanov rule, 1906-17; The Provisional government and its opponents, February-October 1917; Defending the Bolshevik revolution, October 1917-24.
Unit 3 – Civil Rights in the USA, 1850-2009 ‘Free at last’, 1865-77; The triumph of ‘Jim Crow’, 1883-c1900; The New Deal and race relations, 1933-41; ‘I have a dream’, 1954-68; Obama’s campaign for the presidency, 2004-09; Changing portrayal of civil rights issues in fiction and film
Unit 4 – Historical Investigation Students complete a single assessment on a question set by the teacher.  The assignment will assess the ability to carry out a historical enquiry, analysing and evaluating historical interpretations, and organizing and communicating the findings.
What will History offer you in the future?


The study of history offers clear preparation for a wide range of university courses.  It also prepares students for the world of work by developing a wide range of transferrable skills such as investigation, organisation and communication.  Students will prepare for university study by developing as effective and independent learners, and as critical and thinking learners with lively, curious and enquiring minds.