AS/A2:History Overview

Curriculum Summary A Level History

Regent College offer this full A Level course in History. On completion of your two part (AS and A2) course you will be able to:
· Recall, select and deploy historical knowledge accurately
· Communicate historical knowledge
· Present historical explanations
· Show understanding of appropriate concepts
· Arrive at substantiated judgements
Students will complete four units in the two-year programme

Course Content ((2008-2010)

Unit 1 Historical themes in Breadth 2 topics overview of theme

The historical theme chosen for the course is Colonisation and Decolonisation in the British Empire (6HI01/C). This will be explored in two discrete topics: (a) the experience of Commerce and Conquest in India c1760-c1835 and (b) the imperial expansion of the period c1815-1870.

Unit 2 British History Depth study
The “depth study” in this course is entitled Conflict and Change in 19th and 20th Century Britain (6HI02/C). It explores the experience of Warfare in Britain through three major conflicts and their aftermath: Crimea, Boer and the First World War, covering the period1854–1929.

Unit 3 Depth Studies and associated historical controversies

In this section we will be considering the Challenge of Fascism (6HI03/D) and examining the development of Germany from Kaiser to Führer: (Germany, 1900–45). We will examine questions such as these:
Did the impact of the First World War merely heighten the existing social and political tensions which had divided Germany before 1914?
Did the chaotic nature of the Nazi governmental structure explain the failures in German war production during the Second World War?

This unit seeks to examine areas of historical controversy against the backcloth of a detailed analysis of a specific (and relatively brief) period.

Unit 4 Historical enquiry over a Century period

The last unit on the two year programme is geared towards independent research. The students will select an appropriate theme of study from a wide range of options, covering a period of around a century. This will develop a different kind of historical analysis.

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