(mobile) History

SUBJECT OVERVIEW


We aim to provide a high-quality history education, which will help students, gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Our curriculum is intended to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past and our lessons are planned in order to equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time


KEY STAGE 3


Students are taught the following topics:






KEY STAGE 4



COMPONENT 1: STUDIES IN DEPTH


Studies in Depth will provide learners with the opportunity to study history in greater depth and consequently understand the complexity of a society or historical situation more effectively. Studies in Depth will focus study on different historical eras
and different geographical contexts. This component encourages learners to use a wide range of historical sources.




COMPONENT 2: STUDIES IN BREADTH


Studies in Breadth will provide learners with the opportunity to study history over longer timescales and consequently understand the changing nature of developments and issues associated with particular periods and geographical
contexts. Studies in Breadth will also allow learners to understand change and continuity / similarity and difference across long sweeps of history, as well as the most significant characteristics of different ages. Studies in Breadth will focus study
on different historical eras and different geographical contexts. This component encourages learners to develop an understanding of second order historical concepts in particular, including continuity, change, cause, consequence, significance and similarity and difference.


Changes in Crime and Punishment in Britain, c.500 to the present day





KEY STAGE 5


A-level specifications require students to study:



The Topics studied are:



THE MAKING OF A SUPERPOWER: USA, 1865–1975

This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:



PART ONE: FROM CIVIL WAR TO WORLD WAR, 1865–1920


The Era of Reconstruction and the Gilded Age, 1865–1890



PART TWO: CRISES AND THE RISE TO WORLD POWER, 1920–1975 (A-LEVEL ONLY)


Crisis of identity, 1920–1945 (A-level only)
The Superpower, 1945–1975 (A-level only)




THE MAKING OF MODERN BRITAIN, 1951–2007


This option provides for the study in depth of the key political, economic, social and international
changes, which helped to mould Britain in the second half of the 20th century. It explores concepts such as government and opposition, class, social division and cultural change. It encourages students to reflect on Britain’s changing place in the world as well as the interrelationship between political policies, economic developments and political survival.



PART ONE: BUILDING A NEW BRITAIN, 1951–1979

The Affluent Society, 1951–1964

The Sixties, 1964–1970
The end of Post-War Consensus, 1970–1979




PART TWO: MODERN BRITAIN, 1979–2007 (A-LEVEL ONLY)

The impact of Thatcherism, 1979–1987 (A-level only)
Towards a new Consensus, 1987–1997 (A-level only)

The Era of New Labour, 1997–2007 (A-level only)




COMPONENT 3: HISTORICAL INVESTIGATION

(NON-EXAM ASSESSMENT) (A-LEVEL ONLY)

The purpose of the Historical investigation is to enable students to develop the skills, knowledge and historical understanding acquired through the study of the examined components of the specification.

Through undertaking the Historical investigation students will develop an enhanced understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. The Historical investigation contributes towards meeting the aims and objectives of the A-level specification.

In particular it encourages students to:



The current investigation is centred around the impact of the French Revolution (1789) on Modern European Democracy.



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