The Modern History course covers two key periods in Britain and the USA. We study the development of the USA from the end of the Civil War in 1865 to the height of the Cold War in 1975, analysing how the USA developed into a world superpower. Events and themes covered encompass Race & Society, both World Wars, the New Deal, and finish up with the Vietnam War and Civil Rights Movement.
We also look in depth at Britain from the years 1906 – 1957 during a period of two World Wars and a move to provide welfare to the worst off in society. Events covered range from the political changes of governments and Prime Ministers, to Britain’s economic fortunes and social and cultural changes, be it the Suffragettes or the creation of the NHS.
For the coursework component we delve further back in time and examine Britain’s changing attitudes to Slavery from 1760-1840, asking the question what played the most important role in its abolition.
A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6 including English.
You do not need to have studied GCSE History, but if you have, you should have at least grade 6.
A Level History is highly regarded by universities and employers because of the broad range of skills required to be successful in the subject. History can lead directly into careers in teaching, archival work, the heritage industry and journalism. It also has benefits for any job requiring the ability to write effectively or to research and process information in order to develop logical plans.
In the last 3 years, 4 historians have progressed to Oxford University to read History or associated subjects. Last year, our students also went on to read History at Leeds, Bristol and University College London.
In Modern History we use a mix of traditional and more interactive teaching methods, such as class discussions, debates, presentations, independent research and investigations, use of media, group work and trips. We have a joint trip with Politics students to the Houses of Parliament in London each year, whilst also conducting a yearly trip to the International Museum of Slavery in Liverpool to aid Coursework provision. Additionally, we give students the opportunity to attend external lectures, which will enrich your learning, and to attend University Open Days with the Department, as well as hearing from guest speakers in College.
The course is assessed through two exams at the end of year 2 (40% each), as well as coursework (20%).
20% of the course is based on coursework. This is an independent historical investigation which we do at the end of year 1 and start of year 2.
80% of the course is based on exams in the summer of year 2.
Students will be entered into the AS exams at the end of first year, where the structure slightly differs.