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History A Level

St Marys College

Cranbrook Avenue, Hull, HU6 7TN

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
History, Philosophy and Theology

Course Summary

Aims of the course:

This course aims to deepen your interest and enjoyment of History as well as developing your ability to analyse key events and themes and evaluate source evidence. The four key components of the course cover the development of nationalism, dictatorship and democracy in 20th century Europe, as well as the changing nature of warfare since the 18th century and the abolition of the slave trade: Germany and West Germany, 1918-1989 (Unit 1G)

The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy, c.1911-46 (Unit 2G.1)

The British Experience of warfare, c.1790-1918 (Unit 35.2)

Coursework: Slavery and its Abolition, c1730-1833

Course Details

Year 12 topics

Component 1D: Stuart Britain and the crisis of monarchy, 1603-1702

Part 1: Absolutism challenged: Britain 1603-1649

This unit examines the huge changes which took place in Britain during the seventeenth century. You will learn about the characters of James I and Charles I and the problems they faced and how they tried to solve these problems. In particular you will look at their financial problems, their growing disagreements with Parliament, wars and the breakdown of Charles I’s relationship with Parliament. You will also study the events of the two Civil Wars which led ultimately to the execution of the King.

Component 2H: France in Revolution, 1774-1815

Part 1: the end of Absolutism and the French Revolution, 1774-1795

This unit explores the tumultuous years of the French Revolution that transformed France and left a political and ideological legacy that still affects the world today. The unit focuses on the origins and onset of the French revolution and the collapse of absolute monarchy. You will discover how the attempts to create a constitutional monarchy failed and France descended into bloodshed and fear in the period known as “the Terror”. Finally, you will see how conservative forces attempted to regain control of the revolution and created the Directory which was designed to bring stability after the horrors of the Terror.

Component 1D: Stuart Britain and the crisis of monarchy, 1603-1702

Part 2: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain 1649-1702

This section of the course examines the rule of Oliver Cromwell—England’s only military dictator and the man who banned Christmas! You will also study some of the different social changes sweeping through Britain at this time such as the growth in population, the treatment of beggars and vagrants, religious changes, the development of strange new ideas by groups such as the Levellers, the Ranters and the Diggers. You will also discover some of the fascinating events surrounding the Glorious Revolution and how this event has shaped the system of government we have today.

Year 13 topics

Component 2H: France in Revolution, 1774-1815

Part 2: the rise of Napoleon and his impact on France and Europe, 1795-1815

In this section of the course we examine how the Directory failed and opened the door for Napoleon to take power in France. We will look at how he reformed France and then through his military genius, went on to conquer most of Europe. Finally, we will explore why Napoleon’s military successes proved to be short-lived whilst his legacy has achieved greater longevity.

Component 3: Historical investigation

You will complete a personal study in which you will investigate Britain’s involvement in the slave trade in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. This will be between 3,000 and 3,500 words.

How will it be delivered?

A2 Level (Year 13)

Component 1 = 40% of A2. Y13 June exam. 2 hours 30 minutes.

Component 2 = 40% of A2. Y13 June exam. 2 hours 30 minutes.

Component 3 = 20% of A2. Historical investigation—3,000-3,500 words.

Entry requirements

Recommended prior learning /entry requirements:

You should have gained at least a Grade 5 in GCSE History

If you did not take GCSE History, you can still take A Level History and be successful but we would look to see that you had at least a Grade 5s in comparable subjects such as English, Geography or Religious Education.

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