What topics are covered?

Unit 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964.

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

How was Russia governed and how did political authority change and develop?

Why did opposition develop and how effective was it?

How and with what results did the economy develop and change?

What was the extent of social and cultural change?

How important were ideas and ideology?

How important was the role of individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

In Year 12, students will study the problems faced by Tsarist Russia and the explosive revolution of 1917.  In Year 13, students will explore the consolidation of the Communist regime under Lenin and Stalin as well as the changes brought about by Stalin’s successor, Khrushchev.

Unit 2: Wars and Welfare:  Britain in transition, 1905-1957

This option provides for the study of a transformative period of British history, during which democratically elected government faced a series of challenges, both internally and externally, and British society underwent fundamental change. It develops concepts such as reform and retrenchment, patriotism and pacifism, social status and cultural values. It also encourages students to reflect on the process of economic and social change and the impact of that change for both governments and the people.

In Year 12, students will look at issues such as the growth and decline of Liberalism, the impact of the First World War and the development of the media.  Year 13 students will explore the Great Depression, Winston Churchill, the impact of the Second World War and the establishment of the welfare state.

In Year 13, students also complete an historical investigation of no more than 3,500 words on Witchcraft.

Why study History at SGS?

Whilst we are sure that students will find the history course on offer here at SGS interesting and engaging, they will also be provided with a wide variety of transferable skills. Principally, students develop the ability to understand and analyse issues and events to a high level of competence. Other marketable skills include:

  • a talent for clear expression, both oral and written;
  • putting forward ideas and arguments inn a concise manner;
  • gathering, investigating and assessing material; basing conclusions on research and generating ideas;
  • organising material in a logical and coherent way.

What career paths would this subject be suitable for?

The skills you have gained will prepare you well for numerous careers. A significant number of those who take A level history go on to study Law, where their analytical and critical reasoning skills are highly valued. Politics, publishing, journalism, media and writing in all its forms are similarly suitable, alongside business and commerce, public sector administration and the charity and voluntary sectors.

What trips occur during the course?

Sixth form students have visited Auschwitz on the Lessons from Auschwitz Project run by the Holocaust Educational Trust, as well as visiting the Beth Shalom Holocaust centre in Nottingham where they have had the opportunity to listen to a Holocaust survivor.