“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – Santayana, Spanish Philosopher

Breath Study: Tudors 1485-1603

This unit allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:

  • How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
  • In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
  • How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
  • How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
  • How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Depth Study: Germany 1919-1945

This option provides for the study in depth of a period of German history during which a newly developed democratic form of government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as ‘right’ and ‘left’, nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship.

Non Examined Unit: American Civil Rights 1860-1980

Students will be required to identify an issue or topic they wish to study and develop a question from this issue or topic as the focus of the Historical investigation. The issue or topic to be studied and the question which stems from it must place the issue or topic in the context of approximately 100 years of history. The question could be based on British history or non-British history or could be a multi-country issue.

A Level history is a linear course examined at the end of two years’ study. Paper 1 examines the breadth study on the Tudors and Paper 2 examines the depth study on Germany. These two units run concurrently through Year 12 and Year 13. The Non-Examined Unit is completed in the autumn term of Year 13.

Sixth form students have participated in conferences where they have experienced lectures given by renowned historians like John Guy.


Mr G Stanton – Curriculum Leader

Mrs C Conway – part-time

Ms L Hagan – Head of Year / Catholic Partnership Co-ordinator

Mrs E Ireland – ITT/NQT Co-ordinator

Mrs A McCabe

Mrs E Mole

Mrs F Robertson – Assistant Head of Year KS3

Mrs P Brown – Classroom Assistant