History at Samuel Ward Academy Sixth Form College gives you the chance to encounter diverse characters, debate key issues and evaluate a range of sources allowing you to build your own substantiated judgements in light of different historical interpretations. Across the four units you will be given the opportunity to make links and comparisons between different aspects of the period studied focusing on the connections and complexities which influenced life. You will be able to analyse and explain the causes and consequences of historical events and assess the significance of individuals, groups, developments and ideas.
Unit 1 - The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 (Worth 40% of A-Level.)
This is examined in one examination of 2 hours 30 minutes at the end of year 13. Students will study Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI (Somerset and Northumberland), Mary I, Elizabeth I focusing on domestic and foreign policies, religion, economy and rebellions. This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
• How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
• In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
• How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
• How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
• How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
• How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
Unit 2 - Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953 (Worth 40% of the A-Level.)
This is examined in one examination of 2 hours 30 minutes at the end of year 13. This option provides for the study in depth of the coming and practice of communism in Russia. It explores concepts such as Marxism, communism, Leninism, and Stalinism, ideological control and dictatorship. It also enables students
to consider issues of political authority, the power of individuals and the inter-relationship of governmental and economic and social change.
Unit 3 – Historical Investigation: Personal study. (Worth 20% of the A-Level.) Historical Investigation on African American Civil Rights ( Worth 20% of the A-Level) This is examined through coursework made up of a 3,000-3,500 word essay.
Pupils can pick a topic of their choice to research and investigate a historical question.
Where will it lead to?
The History department provides support for sixth-form students by providing them with an area to work, as well as additional resources pupils can consult to help them with their studies. Employers and universities, particularly those in the Russell Group, find that History graduates have the high-level thinking skills that are often lacking in other students. History graduates are particularly highly sought after in the fields of academic research, journalism, law, teaching, the civil service, politics and government, market research and advertising and business. You might be surprised to hear that Michael Palin, The Chemical Brothers, Louis Theroux, Simon Mayo, Sting, Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G), Lord Sainsbury, Diane Abbott MP, Lord Sebastian Coe and Gordon Brown all studied History at university. If you would like to study a diverse and interesting course with excellent prospects, History might be the subject for you.