A Level history – Programme of Study

A Level History

Year 12

MonthWeekTopicAssessment task:
September1Paper 1: In search of the American Dream: the USA, 1917-96
Introduction to the course – Searching for rights and freedoms in the twentieth century
What common factors unite the struggle for freedom across the globe?
2A changing presidency up to 1945How did Roosevelt change the substance of the presidency?
3A changing presidency up to 1980 and changes in the political landscapeHow did presidential leadership change over this period?
4The changing political landscapeHow far did the 1960s produce a fundamental shift in the political landscape of the USA?
October5The impact of the war on domestic politicsWhat role did war/s play in altering the domestic politics of the USA?
November6Black American Civil Rights c.1917-55How did life for Black Americans change between 1917 and 1932
7“ 1929-1980What was the impact of the New Deal and WW2?
How much had been achieved by 1980?
8The search for minority rights, 1960-1980What were the successes and limitations of minority campaigns?
9The changing role of women, 1917-80How did the position of women in American society changed between 1917 and 1980?
10The impact of immigration, 1917-80
11“How was America’s society, politics and economics changed by immigration during this period?
December12The influence of popular culture and the news mediaHow did television impact on American society?
13The economic environmentHow did America’s economy develop during and after WW2?
14Changing living standardsHow did the living standards of ordinary American’s fluctuate between 1917 and 1980?
January15Leisure and travelWhat led to the growth of the leisure economy in the 20th Century?
16Historical interpretations – what impact did the Regan presidency have on the USA in the years 1981-86?

Economics
How did Reagan’s policies affect the lives of ordinary Americans?
17The reduction of ‘big government’To what extent was ‘big government’ reduced?
February18The nature and extent of social change?What was the impact of Regan’s policies on American society?
19The extent to which the presidency and US politics was revitalised

Paper 2: India c.1914-48: the road to independence

The creation of the Raj; Victoria as Empress; the growth of Nationalist Organisations
Class debate regarding key topic
20India in 1914 and the impact of WW1To what extent was India changed by WW1?
March21The growth of nationalismHow significant were the Rowlatt Acts in the growth of Indian nationalism?
22Effects of the war on British ruleHow far did WW1 undermine British rule?
23Gandhi and Civil disobedience, 1920-30How successful were Gandhi’s campaigns, 1920-30
Easter Break
April24Congress’ development and the British Response, 1920s.Why were the 1920s a time of consolidation for both sides?
25The Muslim LeagueWhat was the significance of Jinnah’s break with Congress?
26The failure of the Round Table Conferences, 1930-32Who should bear the responsibility for the failure of the Round Table Conferences?
27Government of India Act and its impact, 1935-39What was the most significant impact of the Government of India Act of 1935?
May28Reaction to the outbreak of the Second World WarHow did nationalist opinion divide over the outbreak of War?
29Impact of the Second World War on Indian politicsTo what degree did the needs of war force the hand of the British?
30The changing relationship between Britain and India, 1942-45How and for what reasons did the relationship between Britain and India change between 1942 and 1945?
31Withdrawal, partition and independence, 1947-48Why, ultimately, did the Raj collapse?
32-36 Cohort Divides:

AS Candidates sit exam
A Level Candidates: sit internal examination followed by focus on A Level style questions

Year 13

MonthWeekUnit 3Unit 4 (Controlled Assessment)Assessment task
September1·         Unit 3, Option E, Topic E2: A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1944-90

Outline of USA-USSR relations, 1917-1941
America and Russia at war, 1941-45
·         Unit 4 (CW39): The USA: From Reconstruction to Civil Rights, c.1877-1981

Overview – the geography and history of the USA up to 1877
The structure of American government
·         How did long term tensions create the foundations for the Cold War?
2·         Controversy: Why did the Cold War between the superpowers emerge in the years to 1953?

Superpower diplomacy at Yalta and Potsdam and the end of the war in Europe
·         Ethnic and social divisions across the USA – the legacy of slavery
the legacy of emancipation and reconstruction
·         How and why did superpower relations deteriorate after WW2?
3·         The ‘Stalinisation’ of eastern Europe·         Forces promoting change in the late 19th Century:

westward expansion, industrialisation and communications, etc.
developments within the African-American community – esp. the importance of education.
·         How did Stalin establish a hold on Eastern Europe – and to what ends?
4·         Truman, US containment and the Marshall Plan
The division of Germany and the Berlin Blockade.
·         Key events and developments in the first half of the 20th Century:

the immigration boom, federal immigration policies.
The emergence of African-American intellectuals.
5Debate through sources (seven hours):

The effect of the First and Second World Wars on attitudes to Civil Rights·         Essay – Who bore the greater blame for the Cold War, America or the USSR?
October6“The path to Civil Rights – 1945 to 1964
7“Civil Rights in the years 1964-1981
8Khrushchev and Peaceful Coexistence in the 1950s:

·         Coursework support-

Getting the assignments underway

Enquiry techniques
Note taking
Civil Rights leaders research project.

November9·         Internal threats to the Soviet system: East Germany, Poland and Hungary·         Identifying and reading relevant source material – approaches to take·         How did relations between the USA and USSR alter post-1953?
11-OctAmerica and the ‘thaw’ of the 1950s

·         Practice of themes:

Assess the importance of a named individual in the short term
·         What was the relative importance of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, etc?
12Internal exams
December13-14·         The ‘Geneva spirit’ and the significance of conference diplomacy between Khrushchev and Eisenhower/ Kennedy·         Exploring the process of change in the USA between 1877 and 1891·         Why was there a thaw in Superpower relations in the 1950s?
January15The arms-race, 1945-1962
Approaches to the analysis and evaluation of source materials·         What impact did nuclear weapons have on the arms race up to 1961?
16““·         What impact did the arms race have on the Cold War?
17-18The Cuban Missile Crisis

·         In class support for individual progress and discussion of findings·         What does the Cuban Missile Crisis reveal about the Cold War?
February19Sino-Soviet relations, 1949-69“·         How significant were changes in Sino-Soviet relations in the overall context of the Cold War?
20Reasons for, and the significance of, deteriorating Sino-Soviet relations from 1958 to 1969.“·         How did Sino-Soviet relations change over this period?
21-22‘Ping-pong’ diplomacy, 1970-76

“·         Why did rapprochement take place between the USA and China after 1969?
23-24The origins and development of Detente from 1969
·         Why did Détente develop in this period?
April25The end of detenteSubmission of coursework for internal marking.·         How far did Detente mark a real change in superpower relations?
26-28Why did the Cold War come to an end in the 1980s?·         What do you consider to be the most important factor in bringing about the end of the Cold War in the late 1980s?
April and May29-36RevisionMock exams
·         Unit 3, Option E, Topic E2: A World Divided: Superpower Relations, 1944-90

Outline of USA-USSR relations, 1917-1941
America and Russia at war, 1941-45
·         Unit 4 (CW39): The USA: From Reconstruction to Civil Rights, c.1877-1981

Overview – the geography and history of the USA up to 1877
The structure of American government
·         How did long term tensions create the foundations for the Cold War?
2·         Controversy: Why did the Cold War between the superpowers emerge in the years to 1953?

Superpower diplomacy at Yalta and Potsdam and the end of the war in Europe
·         Ethnic and social divisions across the USA – the legacy of slavery
the legacy of emancipation and reconstruction
·         How and why did superpower relations deteriorate after WW2?
3·         The ‘Stalinisation’ of eastern Europe·         Forces promoting change in the late 19th Century:

westward expansion, industrialisation and communications, etc.
developments within the African-American community – esp. the importance of education.
·         How did Stalin establish a hold on Eastern Europe – and to what ends?
4·         Truman, US containment and the Marshall Plan
The division of Germany and the Berlin Blockade.
·         Key events and developments in the first half of the 20th Century:

the immigration boom, federal immigration policies.
The emergence of African-American intellectuals.
5Debate through sources (seven hours):

The effect of the First and Second World Wars on attitudes to Civil Rights·         Essay – Who bore the greater blame for the Cold War, America or the USSR?
October6“The path to Civil Rights – 1945 to 1964
7“Civil Rights in the years 1964-1981
8Khrushchev and Peaceful Coexistence in the 1950s:

·         Coursework support-

Getting the assignments underway

Enquiry techniques
Note taking
Civil Rights leaders research project.

November9·         Internal threats to the Soviet system: East Germany, Poland and Hungary·         Identifying and reading relevant source material – approaches to take·         How did relations between the USA and USSR alter post-1953?
11-OctAmerica and the ‘thaw’ of the 1950s

·         Practice of themes:

Assess the importance of a named individual in the short term
·         What was the relative importance of Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, etc?
12Internal exams
December13-14·         The ‘Geneva spirit’ and the significance of conference diplomacy between Khrushchev and Eisenhower/ Kennedy·         Exploring the process of change in the USA between 1877 and 1891·         Why was there a thaw in Superpower relations in the 1950s?
January15The arms-race, 1945-1962
Approaches to the analysis and evaluation of source materials·         What impact did nuclear weapons have on the arms race up to 1961?
16““·         What impact did the arms race have on the Cold War?
17-18The Cuban Missile Crisis

·         In class support for individual progress and discussion of findings·         What does the Cuban Missile Crisis reveal about the Cold War?
February19Sino-Soviet relations, 1949-69“·         How significant were changes in Sino-Soviet relations in the overall context of the Cold War?
20Reasons for, and the significance of, deteriorating Sino-Soviet relations from 1958 to 1969.“·         How did Sino-Soviet relations change over this period?
21-22‘Ping-pong’ diplomacy, 1970-76

“·         Why did rapprochement take place between the USA and China after 1969?
23-24The origins and development of Detente from 1969
·         Why did Détente develop in this period?
April25The end of detenteSubmission of coursework for internal marking.·         How far did Detente mark a real change in superpower relations?
26-28Why did the Cold War come to an end in the 1980s?·         What do you consider to be the most important factor in bringing about the end o