Brief overview: In Year 12, History is delivered in 7 lessons per week. Learners develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies.

Useful Resources: Textbooks, internet websites, YouTube and films.

Setting: Students are taught in a diverse mix ability class.

Specific Equipment required by all students: The students are given copy books for note-taking, answering questions and tasks and writing homework. A textbook is also provided for student learning.

Homework guidance: up to three hours of homework per week including independent study and research on the topics taught each week.

Timetabled hours per week: 7 X 50 minute lessons.

 

Term Topics Syllabus Outline Assessment information
1 Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA, 1850-2009 This topic goes into great detail about a subject that still haunts the USA today. Areas for study in this section are the freedom of the slaves and the implementation of the Jim Crow Laws. Also studied is the New Deal and what this meant for race relations. Students in AL will already have a well-rounded grasp of the basics in history writing. These skills are further developed in areas such as argumentative style answers, explanation and evaluation. Students also further enhance their skills of investigating the usefulness of historical sources which is a valuable skill beyond A-Level.
2 Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA, 1850-2009 and A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-90 Civil Rights then progresses with the rise of Martin Luther King and his ‘I have a dream’ mentality. This then moves onto Barack Obama and his rise to the top of American politics to become the first African American president of the USA.

 

Superpower Relations is also covered in term 2 and the origins of the Cold War conflict that would go onto define world affairs in the latter part of the 20th Century.

Students in AL will already have a well-rounded grasp of the basics in history writing. These skills are further developed in areas such as argumentative style answers, explanation and evaluation. Students also further enhance their skills of investigating the usefulness of historical sources which is a valuable skill beyond A-Level.
3 A World Divided: Superpower Relations 1944-90 The subject of the Cold War continues and the ever-changing relationship between the superpowers of the USA and the USSR. The advancement of technological weapons saw the relationship reach crisis point and the world on the brink of disaster before the subsequent thawing of relations right up the end of the 1980s. Students in AL will already have a well-rounded grasp of the basics in history writing. These skills are further developed in areas such as argumentative style answers, explanation and evaluation. Students also further enhance their skills of investigating the usefulness of historical sources which is a valuable skill beyond A-Level.