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History - A level

Year 13 (unit 3)

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Examine basic geography of Germany and its neighbours.
  • Investigate an outline of German culture and history.
  • Examine Germany 1900-1914: the constitution of the Second Reich-Kaiser, Chancellor and Reichstag.

ASSESSMENT

End of topic assessment.

HOMEWORK

Further directed reading.

Term 1.2
  • Evaluate the controversy - German Foreign Policy 1900-14 - War Guilt?
  • Examine German foreign policy: Weltpolitik and the Navy.
  • Evaluate the Impact of the First World War on German foreign and domestic policy.

ASSESSMENT

End of topic assessment.

HOMEWORK

Directed reading.

Term 2.1
  • Examine the Weimar Republic 1919-1923. The Weimar Constitution and political parties. Inflation and hyperinflation.
  • Examine the Golden Years of Weimar Germany.
  • Investigate Weimar Culture.

ASSESSMENT

End of topic assessment.

HOMEWORK

Research and reading.

Term 2.2
  • Examine the growing support and coming to power 1930-32 of the Nazi party. Rearmament and gearing the economy for war.
  • Investigate opposition 1933-1939. The historical debate through the sources.
  • Investigate fighting the War - an outline of events 1939-45.

ASSESSMENT

End of topic assessment.

HOMEWORK

Directed reading and research.

Term 3.1
  • Examine how Germany geared the economy 1939-42.
  • Examine the position of Jewish people in 1939. The evolution of The Final Solution.
  • Evaluate the use of terror and control - the maintenance of conformity. How society was controlled. The media and police.

ASSESSMENT

End of topic assessment.

HOMEWORK

Directed reading and research.

Term 3.2
  • Evaluate the amount of opposition to Nazism between 1939-45. 
  • Practise past exam papers and looking at various topics/themes.
  • Examine own strengths and weaknesses to direct revision. Student directed lessons.

ASSESSMENT

End of topic assessment.

HOMEWORK

Directed reading.

Year 13 (unit 4) 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Understand the criteria of the course and expectations of the unit as independent study, learning how to use materials and develop skills.
  • Understand the long, medium and short term causes of World War I and the role of arms races.
  • Understand the inter-war years and the causes of World War II to assess the role of arms races in causing war.

ASSESSMENT

1. 400 words to explain whether arms races were important in causing World War 1 (to exam board criteria).
2. 400 words to explain whether arms races were important in causing World War II (to exam board criteria).

HOMEWORK

Independent/directed learning for research.

Term 1.2
  • Explain the Cold War and its causes. Understand the role of the nuclear/space races as a key feature of the Cold War whilst explaining and evaluating against alternative methods.
  • Explain the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 as the pinnacle of Cold War tensions, how war was avoided and the impact of the event for Part A of the coursework.
  • Understand the criteria and level descriptors for Part A of the coursework. Select 5 sources to use critically and learn how to use the mark scheme and exemplar materials as a guide.

ASSESSMENT

1.400 words to explain the importance of arms races as a feature of the Cold War (to exam board criteria).

HOMEWORK

Prepare for assessment work on Part B
Independent learning for Part A to prepare a practice piece of work to hand in by January.

Term 2.1
  • Understand the concept of détente. Identify what it was and why it was introduced by President Nixon/Kissinger.
  • Evaluate détente and whether it was actually evidence of a thaw in relations between the superpowers.
  • Analyse links between détente as possibly being influenced by the Cuban Missile Crisis, 1962 and evaluate this hypothesis against evidence to reach a judgement.

ASSESSMENT

1. 400 words to explain whether attempts to disarm reduced tensions between superpowers.
2. Practice piece of work on the Cuban Missile Crisis to exam criteria, focusing on critical evaluation of sources.

HOMEWORK

Reading and independent learning

Term 2.2
  • Identify action to take by using feedback to achieve target grade in both pieces of coursework. Revisit requirements and support/guidance/exemplar materials.
  • Check all work is ready for assessment including, Part A and Part B answers, totalling 4000 words, word count shown per page and total, adequate referencing, bibliography (any appendix), completed source sheet evaluation and front cover sheet.
  • Complete fInal submission checks for centre assessment before full sample is sent to exam board.

ASSESSMENT

Final marking of both pieces of coursework

HOMEWORK

Proof reading both pieces of coursework and checking against criteria.

Term 3.1
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Term 3.2
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