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History

Entry Requirements

History GCSE grade 6 or above.

 

About This Course

We are offering a syllabus that we believe students will find has real relevance in today’s world.  Students will be taught the skills of understanding and analysing sources, recalling and selecting information, building a logical argument and developing sensitivity towards historical problems.  Students will also be given opportunities to develop their research, presentation and communication skills.  This course has a heavy emphasis on literacy and requires students to have good comprehension skills and a willingness to read additional sources.

 

Course Content & Assessment

A Level:     Life in Nazi Germany: 1933-1945

                The making of Modern Britain: 1951-2007

                A (personal) historical enquiry: The Tudors 1486-1603

Unit 1 - The Quest for Political Stability: Germany, 1871–1991

This is a breadth study unit which will enable students to study the unification of Germany as a Sovereign State, its collapse, and the failure of democracy between 1919-1933; the rise of the Nazi Party and Hitler’s subsequent dominance and control of German society and its long term damage on Germany during the second half of the Twentieth Century.  The content is arranged under the following areas:

The consolidation of Prussian States, and the Unification of Germany under Bismarck 1871

The development of Germany under autocratic power and its collapse in 1918

The establishment and failure of the Weimar Republic

The Nazi consolidation of power, 1933-34

Nazi propaganda and mass indoctrination

Nazi organisations and the co-ordination of German society

The impact of war on the German people, 1939-1945

The division of Germany and the effects of  World  War Two

The collapse of Communism and the unification of Greater Germany

Unit 2 - The making of Modern Britain: 1951-2007

This is a depth study which examines the changing nature of Britain after the landmark ending of Clement Atlee’s post-war Labour government and the return to power of the Conservatives under Winston Churchill.  The content is arranged under the following areas:

The post-war consensus, 1951-1964

The end of consensus, 1964-1975

The Thatcher revolution, 1975-1990

Conservative decline and the triumph of New Labour, 1990-2007

 

What could this course lead to?

History is a well-regarded subject and is useful for students interested in careers in law, journalism, government and political life, but also for vocational careers such as teaching and social or youth work. 

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