|Exam Board||Entry Requirements||Subject Leader|
|AQA||Grade 6 at GCSE||Mrs K Ladly|
At key stage 5 we further develop the skills students have acquired in the previous two key stages. We aim to enhance their passion for the subject and many of our student’s progress to study the subject at degree level.
We study a range of periods to broaden their experience of the subject. Unit 1 covers Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855 – 1964, which looks at the reasons for the Russian Revolutions of 1917 and the development of the communist state under Lenin, Stalin and Khrushchev. Unit 2 covers the Wars of the Roses, 1450 – 99 and the civil wars that brought the Tudors to the throne. Finally, there is a Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) which focuses on the development of Irish nationalism between 1823 and 1923.
Classes are taught by two members of staff, each of whom specialises in a particular unit of the course. Students are led through a carefully planned programme of skills enabling them to make the transition from to A level. They will then be expected to do set reading before lessons, so that they are able to come ready to discuss, as discussions form the basis of most lessons.
There are two 2 hours and 30 minute examinations at the end of the course for Units 1 and 2. Each requires the students to answer 2 essay questions from a choice of 3 and for Paper 1 an interpretation analysis question and Paper 2 a source analysis question.
The NEA allows the students to independently research and write an extended essay of about 4000 words evaluating the range of factors that influenced the development of Irish nationalism. This also involves integrating sources and interpretations to support their line of argument. This is begun in the summer term of Year 12 and completed by half term in the Autumn of Year 13.
Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations
History is designated by the Russell Group universities as a facilitating subject and as such carries considerable weight when applying to study any course at their institutions. There are some direct applications of the study of history, the more obvious ones being teaching, lecturing and research. However, there are many areas where prospective employees will benefit from the skills acquired through studying history at degree level. A degree in history indicates that the student has the capacity to analyse large quantities of information, solve problems and make judgements on them. These are the sort of skills useful in law, journalism, politics, civil service, and many others. All managers and executives require the analytical and decision making skills which are taught.