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History

Our purpose is to develop the intellectual and emotional character of our students through their study of the diversity of environments, human experience and to inspire students to be curious, questioning and reflective individuals.

At A level our students study the Edexcel History syllabus, creating flexibility as well as a sense of breadth across a broad time-frame. Students study the the extent to which Britain was transformed politically, socially, economically and culturally in the years 1918–79 alongside a study in depth of Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603.

Lessons will involve group discussions, debates and presentations as well as learning to take notes from books and teachers’ verbal explanations. Examinations consist of a range of questions, some based on interpretations and others requiring the analysis of causes, change and significance. Students should develop the ability to reach independent judgements based on a thorough consideration of the evidence and learn to argue a case convincingly both orally and on paper.

Entry Requirements

  • Students will need a broad and enthusiastic interest in the social and political developments which have helped to shape Britain and the Modern World. Students should also enjoy studying a range of different historical periods and individuals.
  • Students should be willing to take part in discussions and be ready to read around the subject in order to build upon the understanding they will develop within lessons. They should also be keen to reflect upon the views of historians and to assess the perspectives offered by a wide range of different source materials. It is expected that students wishing to take this course will have achieved grade B in a Humanities subject and/or GCSE English. It is hoped that students will gain a rich and varied understanding of different historical periods and develop high level historical skills.

Year One

  • Students will study two topics.   The first relates to the extent to which   Britain was transformed politically,   socially, economically and culturally   in the years 1918–79. This topic also   contains a study of the impact   Thatcher’s governments had on   Britain, 1979–97.
  • In addition, students will also complete a study in depth  of economic and social change in the USA from the post-war  boom of the 1920s, through depression, recovery and war, to the transformation of many aspects of US society in the years immediately after 1945.

Year Two

  • The focus of the third unit of study centres on British history and Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603. In particular, students will explore the way in which, despite a shaky start, the Tudors were able to establish their dynasty as one of the most powerful England has seen.
  • Students will complete a coursework unit that focuses on different interpretations of the New Deal. This coursework assignment is designed to test their historical skills and understanding and will challenge students to consider a range of different interpretations.

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