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St Peter's
Catholic School

History

Mr S Power

Head of History

THE TEAM
Mr T Collard Teacher of History
Miss Z Noonan Deputy Headteacher
Miss N Rana    Teacher of History
INTRODUCTION TO THE DEPARTMENT

In history, we teach students to understand the world we live in today through events in the past. Students will use a variety of learning techniques in lessons that help to develop their communication as well as their written skills; they will learn about the causes and consequences of events as well as significance and develop historical skills to handle and to question sources. Students are taught to develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and of its intrinsic value and significance.  We strive to ensure our lessons are interesting and thought provoking through regular discussion and the use of different medias.

WHY STUDY HISTORY?

‘History is the foundation stone of all civilised learning” History teaches us to ask two very important  questions: why and how? Our A Level History specification provides a fantastic curriculum to ignite and engage the passions and interests of our students. This is key to sharpening your critical thinking abilities, which combine the following skills: research, analysis, evaluation, essay writing, communication, problem solving, articulating arguments, debating, spotting and analysing trends over time.

FUTURE ACADEMIC AND CAREER PATHWAYS

With analytical, writing, debating and detective skills, you will be primed for a huge range of careers in history and beyond. Areas you could go into include: law, politics, the public sector, business, marketing, journalism, economics, teaching, academia, insurance, banking, social research, archaeology and curation (museums, galleries, archives and libraries).

COURSE CONTENT

Students will be studying the OCR History syllabus.

Unit 1: Britain 1930-97 (enquiry topic Churchill)

Churchill’s view of events 1929–1940

Churchill as wartime Prime Minister

Churchill and international diplomacy 1939–1951

In the period students study:

Conservative domination 1951–1964

Labour and Conservative government 1964–1979

Thatcher and the end of consensus 1979–1997

Britain’s foreign policy and position in the world 1951–1997

Unit 2: The American Revolution 1740–1796

The development of British hegemony in America

Causes of the American Revolution

The American Revolution 1774–1783

The early Republic 1783–1796

Unit 3: Russia and its rulers (1885 – 1964)

Nature of government

The impact of dictatorial regimes on the economy and society

Impact of war and revolution on the development of the Russian Empire and the USSR

USSR’s treatment of satellite states and nationalities

Unit 4: Topic-based essay

Students are required to complete a 3000 to 4000 word essay

ASSESSMENT

Unit 1: 1 hour and 30 minutes, 50 marks, 25% of A Level

Unit 2: 1 hour, 30 marks, 15% of A Level

Unit 3: 2 hours and 30 minutes, 80 marks, 40% of A Level

Unit 4: Non-examination Assessment, 40 marks, 20% of

A Level

EXTRACURRICULAR OPPORTUNITIES

Research trips to King’s College and the London University Library.

COURSE REQUIREMENTS

Grade 5/6 GCSE History (recommended) and a grade 6

GCSE English Literature/English Language (recommended)