Head of Department
Five grades 4-9 (or equivalent)
Coursework = 20%, Examination = 80%
This subject explores the significance of key events and individuals on the way our world has been shaped. The course focuses on three periods of history which all see revolutionary transformations in politics, economy and society. The course has examined units on Britain (the three kingdoms) in revolution in the seventeenth century and China in revolution in the 20th century. There is also a coursework unit, in the second year, which will require you to investigate historical interpretations and debate within a thematic extended essay, with source analysis. The coursework topic focuses on the transformation of Russia from Tsarism to Stalinism in the years 1855 to 1964.
What skills will I develop?
You will develop the skills to advance complex arguments, based on your knowledge of the 17th century Britain (1603-1702), modern China (1936-1997) and modern Russia (1855-1964). In order to achieve this, you will gain high-level research and note-making skills, as well as the ability to defend your views via oral argument. With regard to the coursework component, you will develop independent learning skills, as you research into your own unique areas of the syllabus.
What topics will I study?
Component 1 – Examination: Breadth Study Paper 1D Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702 (2 hours, 30 minutes – 40%)
- Part 1: Absolutism challenged: Britain, 1603–1649
- Section A: Monarchs and Parliaments, 1603–1629
- Section B: Revolution, 1629–1649
- Part 2: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649–1702
- Section A: From Republic to restored and limited monarchy, 1649–1678
- Section B: The establishment of constitutional monarchy, 1678–1702
Component 2 – Examination: Depth Study Paper 2P The Transformation of China, 1936-1997 (2 hours, 30 minutes – 40%)
- Part 1: The Emergence of the People’s Republic of China, 1936-1962
- Section A: The origins of the Civil War, 1936-1946
- Section B: Communist victory and the consolidation of Mao’s rule, 1946-1952
- Section C: The transition to socialism, 1952-1962
- Part 2: The People’s Republic of China: Economic growth and the transformation of the state, 1962-1997
- Section A: Reform and control, 1962-1966
- Section B: The Cultural Revolution, 1966-1976
- Section C: The PRC under Deng Xiaoping, 1976-1997
Component 3 – Coursework: Historical Investigation focused on the transformation of Russia, 1855-1964 (4,500 words – 20%)
- Section A: Historical investigation, independently researched, drawing upon the student’s investigation of sources (both primary and secondary) which relate to the development or issue chosen and the differing interpretations that have been placed on this.
Where does the course lead?
History can prepare you for a wide range of careers including TV, radio, journalism, Civil Service, librarianship, marketing, law, social work, and teaching. The subject is also useful for a wide range of degree courses including Law, Psychology and English.