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“Study history, study history.  In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” - Winston Churchill

Unit 1C: The Tudors: England, 1485-1603
This unit is a study of the entire 118 years of Tudor rule.  In Year 12 students will study the beginning of the Tudor dynasty under Henry VII following the Battle of Bosworth before moving onto the reign of Henry VIII and the break with Rome.  In Year 13 students will cover the fascinating reigns of the three children of Henry VIII; Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I. 

Unit 2S: The Cold War, c1945-1991
This unit is an in depth study on the Cold War.  In Year 12 students will study the Cold War from 1945-63 including the focal points of Berlin and Cuba.  In Year 13 students will investigate the later Cold War, beginning with the Vietnam War and finishing with the roles of Reagan and Gorbachev in ending the tension between the USA and the USSR.

Unit 3: Russia, 1855-1953
This coursework unit covers a period of 98 years from the reigns of the last three Tsars, Alexander II, Alexander III and Nicholas II, to the death of Stalin in 1953.  Particular attention is given to the implementation of Communism under Lenin and the totalitarian state created by Stalin.

Entry Requirement

A minimum of grade 4 in Maths and English Lang plus at least 3 other GCSEs at grade 5

Unit 1C: The Tudors: England, 1485-1603 - Exam 2 ½ hours (40%)

A mix of interpretation and essay questions.

Unit 2S: The Cold War, c1945-1991 - Exam 2½ hours (40%)

A mix of source and essay questions.

Unit 3: Russia, 1881-1991 -  Coursework 3500-4500 words (20%)
The focus of this unit is on the concepts of continuity and change.

Future Applications

As well as the careers directly related to the subject such as those in education or museums and heritage, History is also suitable for a wide range of professions due to the high level of literacy
required, as well as the ability to make a sustained and supported argument. History is the single most popular choice of degree amongst board members of FTSE 100 listed companies.


Ruby — History at the University of Warwick
Owen —History at the University of Leicester