|Exam Board (to include details of exam) and entry requirements
||Exam Board: OCR
In Year 12 and Year 13 pupils will have the opportunity to deepen their knowledge of History, studying topics they briefly studied at GCSE, and new topics as well. Historical knowledge, source skills and interpretations are at the forefront of everything that is taught, with three exams at the end of Year 13.
||Two Year Course
Unit One, British Period Study and Enquiry: Mid Tudor Crisis and the Later Tudors 1547 – 1603.
Section One: Enquiry – Mid Tudor Crisis
- The Stability of the Monarchy – how did Edward Vi’s age, and Mary Tudor’s gender affect the crown? How did this impact England? Covering factionalism, rebellions, religious change, poverty, economic developments and the infamous Lady Jane Grey.
Section Two: British Period Study – Elizabethan England.
- Elizabeth and religion, influence of Puritanism, foreign situation and cause for religious developments.
- The nature of the Elizabethan Monarchy, Government and Parliament
- Elizabeth’s management of financial, economic and social affairs
- Elizabethan later years 1588–1603
How it’s assessed: 1 ½ hour exam: 4 sources, how far do they support the view that… (30 marks) Essay based. (20 marks.) = 25% of overall grade.
Unit Two – Non British Period Study: Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany, 1919 – 1963.
- The establishment and development of the Weimar Republic: 1919–Jan 1933
- The establishment of the Nazi Dictatorship and its domestic policies Feb 1933–1939
- The impact of war and defeat on Germany: 1939–1949
- Divided Germany: The Federal Republic and the DDR 1949–1963
How it’s assessed: 1 hour, Pick either question 1 or 2. A.Which of the following… (10 marks.) B. Statement – how far do you agree? (20 marks.) = 15% of overall grade.
Unit Three – Thematic study and historical interpretations: Popular culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and 17th Centuries.
This theme focuses on the rise and decline in witchcraft during the 16th and 17th centuries and how far it emerged out of the popular culture of the time. It will examine the reasons for the increase and subsequent decline in persecutions, the nature of the Witchcraze, the reactions of the authorities and its impact on society. Learners should consider the Witchcraze in a variety of countries and regions in order to be able to establish patterns and make comparisons; (however, essays will not be set on particular countries). There are a wide range of European countries, as well as America, that can be used as examples and learners should draw on a range of examples from these. The strands identified below are not to be studied in isolation to each other. Learners are not expected to demonstrate a detailed knowledge of the specification content, except for the named in-depth studies, but are expected to know the main developments and turning points relevant to the theme.
- Popular culture
- The main reasons for the growth and decline in the persecution of witches
- The persecuted
- Responses of the authorities to witchcraft
- The Witchcraze in Southern Germany c.1590–1630
- Hopkins and the witch hunt of 1645–1647
- The Salem witch trials
How it’s assessed: 2 ½ hour exam – Evaluate 2 interpretations, how convincing? Essay based, breadth question (covers whole time period.) (25 marks.) = 40% of overall grade.
Unit Four: Non Examined Assessment = 20% of overall grade.
This is the students opportunity to conduct their own research and produce a 3,000 – 4,000 word essay from a list of questions, some examples include:
- To what extent were the failures of the Police force to blame for the failings in the Jack the Ripper case?
- Assess the view that the German people were active and enthusiastic supporters of the Holocaust.
- To what extent was the development of anaesthetics the most important development in 19th Century Medicine?
- Assess the view that Indian soldiers’ contribution to the First World War was vital to the Allies success
- Assess the view that the death of Emmett Till was the spark that started the modern Civil Rights Movement.
This is internally marked, and moderated by OCR.