Pupils will follow the AQA exam specification. The course is split in to two units, each with two topics. Pupils will learn key content alongside exam skills in order to ensure they can practically apply the knowledge they have learned. Regular reviews of prior learning will take place to help pupils embed this knowledge.

Unit 1 is a World Study.
Section A - America 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality
  • American people and the 'Boom'
  • Americans' experiences of the Depression and New Deal
  • Post-war America

In Section A pupils will learn about the history of the USA from 1920 to 1973. They will analyse how and why it was a nation of both opportunity and inequality, the economic booms and busts, the experiences of Black Americas and how far the nation progressed by the mid-1970s.

Section B - Conflict and tension in Asia: 1950–1975

  • Conflict in Korea
  • Escalation of conflict in Vietnam
  • The ending of conflict in Vietnam

Section B looks at the USA’s foreign policy during the time of the Cold War. Specifically looking at the two major conflicts US troops were involved in, The Korean and Vietnam War. Pupils will learn the anti-Communist motivation for their involvement and evaluate their success in their attempt to contain Communism.

Unit 2 is a British study

Section A - Thematic studies: Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

  • Part one: Challenging authority and feudalism
  • Part two: Challenging royal authority
  • Part three: Reform and reformers
  • Part four: Equality and rights

In Section A pupils will learn about the political and social history of Britain from the Middle Ages where Britain was controlled by an absolute monarch to Parliamentary democracy we have today. Pupils will be asked to evaluate the significance of key events and individuals in bringing about changes to power and in turn the people.

Section B - British depth studies: Elizabethan England: c1568–1603

  • Part one: Elizabeth's court and Parliament
  • Part two: Life in Elizabethan times
  • Part three: Troubles at home and abroad
  • Part four: The historic environment of Elizabethan England. The historic environment is 10% of the overall course, which equates to approximately 12 hours out of 120 guided learning hours. Students will be examined on a specific site in depth. This site will be as specified and will be changed annually. The site will relate to the content of the rest of this depth study. It is intended that study of different historic environments will enrich students’ understanding of Elizabethan England

Section B looks at Elizabethan England. Pupils will evaluate her success as a female monarch in a Patriarchal society, the impact of her religious changes at home and abroad and if the Elizabethan Golden Age is a fair assessment. Pupils will also complete a study of a site of interest during Elizabethan times.