Period Study – 20% of qualification
Politics, Protest and Reform in Wales and England, c. 1780-1880
This unit follows aspects of the history of England and Wales during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Students will learn that this was a period of great change in Britain. While England and Wales escaped the violent changes which took place in France, the Industrial Revolution was, nevertheless, transforming Britain’s economy, society and politics. In 1780 the monarchy still played a major role in ruling the country. By 1886 Britain was well on the way to becoming a democracy. The unit explores some of the key events, individuals and developments during this period.
At the end of the year, students will sit a written exam lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. This will consist of two open-ended essay questions.
Depth study: (Part 1) – 20% of qualification
France in Revolution, c. 1774-1815
Part 1: France: the causes and course of the Revolution, c. 1774-92
This unit looks in detail at one of the most dramatic events in modern European History. Students will learn that the French Revolution was not a single event, but a series of developments over a number of years. What began as a protest against royal rule in France grew into a movement that destroyed French government and society as it had been known, and then spread its new ideas of ‘liberty, equality and fraternity’ far beyond the borders of France. The King was removed, the old aristocracy overthrown, the Church weakened and traditional privileges and control abandoned.
At the end of the year, students will sit a written exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. This will consist of two evidence based questions with a focus on the evaluation of historical sources and different interpretations.
Breadth study – 20% of qualification
The American Century, c. 1890-1990
Students will study two themes each of which will cover around 100 years of historical change and development. The themes are: the struggle for Civil Rights and the making
of a superpower. They will be required to analyse and evaluate the pace and extent of historical change over that period. At the end of the year, students will sit a written exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. This will consist of two open-ended essay questions.
Depth Study: (Part 2) – 20% of qualification
France in Revolution, c. 1774-1815
Part 2: France: Republic and Napoleon, c. 1792-1815
This unit continues where Unit 2 ended. Students will learn that following the overthrow of the King, the Revolution entered its most dramatic phase C the Terror. Supporters of the Revolution believed that only the most ruthless policies could ensure its survival. Eventually, France would see the rise of Napoleon Bonaparte. His enormous ambition and a belief that he was fulfilling the goals of the Revolution drove him to seize power for himself. He sought to establish an empire that would challenge the established powers of Europe. During the course of his attempt, Europe was plunged into one of the longest and bloodiest conflicts in its history to that date C the Napoleonic Wars.
At the end of the year, students will sit a written exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. This will consist of one source based question and an open-ended essay.
Historical Interpretations – 20% of qualification
During Year 13, students will write an extended essay of 3–4,000 words focusing on a specific historical problem or issue which they have independently researched.
B grade in GCSE History is desirable