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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.



DEPARTMENT LINKS KEY STAGE 3 KEY STAGE 4 RELATED PAGES GOVERNMENT & POLITICS