In Year 12 we study two units. Challenges to the authority of the state in the late 18th and 19th centuries covers the period from 1785 to the end of the 19th century. Students investigate how much political reform had been achieved and how this impacted on society. Topics like poverty, living and working conditions, child labour and the spread of industrialisation are also covered.
The unification of Germany, c1840-71 is the second Year 12 unit from Challenges to the authority of the state in the late 18th and 19th century. Students will complete a depth study to investigate the events that led to Germany becoming one unified nation. They will cover the political situation in the 1840s that led to revolution and why revolution failed, the rivalry between Austria and Prussia and how Prussia eventually achieved dominance, becoming the leaders of the new unified Germany in 1871.
The Year 13 unit, which is exam assessed, is the witch craze in Britain and North America, c1580-c1750. This examines the perception of witchcraft and its place in society during this period. The case studies investigated are the North Berwick trials, Pendle in Lancashire, Bamberg in Germany, Matthew Hopkins in East Anglia and the Salem trials in North America.
There is also a coursework unit in Year 13, which is based on independent study. The assessment focus is the analysis and evaluation of interpretations by key historians and the topic focus is the causes of World War One. Students investigate the ongoing debate over the causes of the conflict and analyse the reasons why there was so much tension, paranoia and rivalry in Europe, reaching a reasoned conclusion over which explanation they are most convinced by.