A-level history

A-Level history complete content and assessment objectives

Unit group 1
British study and enquiry
Alfred and the Making of England 871–1016
Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest 1035–1107
England 1199–1272
England 1445–1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII
England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors
England 1547–1603: the Later Tudors
The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603–1660
From Pitt to Peel: Britain 1783–1853
Liberals, Conservativesand theRise of Labour 1846–1918
Britain 1900–1951
Britain 1930–1997

Unit group 2
Non-British period study

The Rise of Islam c.550–750
The Rise of Islam c.550–750
The Crusades and the CrusaderStates 1095–1192
Genghis Khan and the Explosion from the Steppes c.1167–1405
Exploration, Encounters and Empire 1445–1570
Spain 1469–1556
The German Reformation and the rule of Charles V 1500–1559
Philip II 1556–1598
AfricanKingdoms c.1400–c.1800
Russia 1645–1741
The Rise and Decline ofthe Mughal Empire in India 1526–1739
The American Revolution 1740–1796
The French Revolution and therule of Napoleon 1774–1815
France 1814–1870
Italy and Unification 1789–1896
The USA in the 19th Century: Westwardexpansion and Civil War 1803–c.1890
Japan 1853–1937
International Relations1890–1941
Russia 1894–1941
Italy 1896–1943
Democracy andDictatorships in Germany 1919–1963
The Cold War in Asia 1945–1993
The Cold War in Europe 1941–1995
Apartheid and Reconciliation: South African Politics 1948–1999

Unit group 3
Thematic study and historical interpretations

The Early Anglo-Saxonsc.400–800
The Viking Age c.790–1066
EnglishGovernment and the Church 1066–1216
The Church andMedieval Heresy c.1100–1437
The Renaissance c.1400–c.1600
Rebellion and Disorderunder the Tudors 1485–1603
Tudor Foreign Policy 1485–1603
The Catholic Reformation 1492–1610
The Ascendancy of the Ottoman Empire 1453–1606
The Development of the Nation State: France 1498–1610
The Origins and Growth of the British Empire 1558–1783
Popular Culture and the Witch craze of the 16th and 17th Centuries
The Ascendancy of France 1610–1715
The Challenge of German Nationalism 1789–1919
The Changing Nature of Warfare 1792–1945
Britain and Ireland 1791–1921
China and its Rulers 1839–1989
Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964
Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992
From Colonialism to Independence: The British Empire 1857–1965
The Middle East 1908–2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring

Assessment details

Assessment Objectives
  • AO1: Demonstrate, organise and communicate knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate the key features related to theperiodsstudied, makingsubstantiated judgements and exploring concepts, as relevant,of cause, consequence,change,continuity, similarity, difference and significance.
  • AO2: Analyse and evaluate appropriate source materials, primary and/orcontemporary to the period, within its historical context.
  • AO3: Analyse and evaluate, in relation to the historical context, differentways inwhich aspects of the past have been interpreted.
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