Why Should You Take This Course?
History provides the fundamental framework for all our actions, both as individuals and as members of the wider community. You will deal with reading, research, source analysis and essay writing.
Some of the principal events of the Twentieth Century constitute the framework for the Modern History Course.
AS: Year 1
You will study the expansion and development of the British Empire between 1857 and 1914. This will explore the impact of the Indian Mutiny of 1857 and the motives behind the British role in the so-called 'Scramble for Africa' in the last quarter of the nineteenth century and the role of key individuals such as Cecil Rhodes and Joseph Chamberlin. The origins and the Course of the Boer War will also be reviewed. Students will also examine the origins and development of the Cold War between 1945 and 1962. The collapse of the Grand Alliance and the responsibility of both Superpowers for the emergence of the Cold War will be explored along with key events such as the Berlin Blockade, the fall of China, the outbreak of the Korean War and the Khrushchev/Kennedy rivalry in the Third World that culminated in the Cuban Missile crisis.
A2: Year 2
You will study the decline and fall of the British Empire from 1914 to 1967. This will entail consideration of the impact of the two world wars on the British Empire, the expansion of the British power into the Middle East after 1919 and the degree to which the Second World War accelerated the Empire's decline. Key events such as the Fall of Singapore, the Suez Crisis and the 'Winds of Change' speech will be addressed. You will also study the Course of the Cold War between 1963 and 1991 and the fluctuations in the conflict including the Vietnam War, the Détente process and the confrontations in the 1980's in Afghanistan and Central America. The reasons for the ending of the conflict will form the conclusion to this period of study. Students will also undertake a Coursework assignment of 4,000 words that addresses a topic of the students' choice from the latter years of the eighteenth century or earlier.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment will take the form of document response and essay writing under exam conditions, together with one Coursework assignment in the Second Year of the full A Level.
Are there any special expenses?
Students will be advised to purchase some books to supplement supplied textbooks.
What could I do next?
History is a popular subject for Higher Education and the transferable skills it cultivates are applicable to a wide variety of careers, including Banking, Journalism and the Civil Service.