History

A LEVEL AQA BOARD

Why study history? The answer is because… we must. To gain access to the true breadth of human experience we must study History. If we study it reasonably well we might learn some useful habits and some understanding of how our past may have
impacted upon us (knowingly or unknowingly) and our neighbour. It enables us to appreciate the story of our community, of our colleague, and our friend and in-doing so can create stronger bonds between us. History can also give us the capacity to reflect, to appreciate, and to challenge what others may assume are unshakable pillars of society. History allows you to be a rebel. History also gives you the practical skills of analysis, writing, arguing, structuring personal time, and ensuring that in an information age you know what information to trust. But History goes much further than basic ‘skills’. History provides
a picture of life that no other subject can paint. It presents you with stories of personal challenges, heroic deeds, martyrdom, and makes you question what battles and beliefs you will define your life by. It poses deep questions of the life you are leading and presents you with intellectual challenge. You can find beauty, despair, joy, heroism, and unrivalled pleasure
in discovering stories of lives that have shifted the story of humans. History can move you, and you have the power to move History. We study History because… we must; for what else is the point of life we don’t leave a little something behind for someone else to discover?
 

Curriculum

Year 1
Tudors - Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty:
England, 1485–1547:
Henry VII , 1485–1509
Henry VIII , 1509–1547
 
Russia - The Russian Revolution and the Rise of Stalin, 1917–1929:
Dissent and Revolution, 1917
Bolshevik consolidation, 1918–1924
Stalin’s rise to power, 1924–1929
 
Year 2
Tudors - England: turmoil and triumph, 1547–1603
Instability and consolidation: ‘the Mid-Tudor Crisis’, 1547–1563
The triumph of Elizabeth, 1563–1603
Russia – Stalin’s Rule, 1929–1953:
Economy and society, 1929–1941
Stalinism, politics and control, 1929–1941
The Great Patriotic War and Stalin’s Dictatorship, 1941–1953
 

Assessment

Tudors: 40%.
Russia: 40%.
Non-Examined Assessment: 20%.

FURTHER INFORMATION

Mr R Coombes: rcoombes.312@lgflmail.org (HOD)