The course examines the key turning points in British history in the sixteenth century that have had an impact upon modern Britain along with superpower interactions in modern twentieth century world history. Students will gain an in depth understanding of early British and modern international history and relations between nations in a worldwide arena of political controversies.
The breadth study looks at the Tudor dynasty (1485-1603) - analysing and evaluating the significance of the differing approaches of the five Tudor monarchs to ruling England. This will focus on the monarchs’ relations with foreign powers, fending off rebellions in England and the religious turmoil that grasps this fascinating period of history. Ultimately the course considers the desperation that each monarch faces to leave a lasting legacy.
For the depth study, students will analyse the key events in the emergence, development and end of the Cold War 1945-91. They will analyse the effects of the Korean War and Vietnam War and the changing nature of the conflict between capitalism and communism. Students will consider in depth the development of superpower relations and the part that world leaders played in promoting peace in the modern world.
Unit 1 The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 (breadth study)
Unit 2 The Cold War, c1945–1991 (depth study)
Unit 3 Historical Investigation – Non-Exam Assessment (coursework)
GCSE Grade 5 in History and 5 in English Language
History provides a ‘training of the mind’ whereby students can acquire key skills of analysis, interpretations of sources, understanding a coherent point of view and develop critical analysis through problem solving.
Equipped with such skills, history students can pursue career opportunities in law, journalism, banking, business and finance, marketing and education.