Curriculum: 6th Form

6th Form Curriculum Guide - Year 12 History
Term 1Great Powers: Britain, Germany, Russia, France and Austria-Hungary, c1890-1900 and Consolidation of the Tudor dynasty.    
Students will begin by learning how each of the Great Powers was governed in the late nineteenth century, including liberal democracies and autocracies and how these political structures affected decision-making. They will then focus on Great Power rivalry, both economically and militarily, covering the impact of the 'Scramble for Africa', Anglo-German rivalry and the reasons for the rivalry between Russia and Austria-Hungary in the Balkans. Students will finish this unit by learning about the extent of Anglo-French rivalry and the potential for conflict in 1900. For the Tudor option, students will learn about Henry VII's seizure of the throne and consolidation of power after Bosworth. The focus in Term 1 will be on Henry VII's domestic policies, including justice and royal finance and Henry's relations with Scotland and other foreign powers in helping to secure the succession and prevent war.
Assessment: 'The rivalry between Russia and Austria-Hungary was the greatest threat to European peace in 1900.' Assess the validity of this view. 'Henry VII's consolidation of power in the years 1485 to 1499 was the result of his own personal strengths.' Assess the validity of this view. Key Words and Terms
Term 2The Great Powers and Crises, 1900-11 and Tudor society, economy and religion in the late fifteenth century.    
Students will learn why tensions in the Balkans increased and its significance for Austria-Hungary and Russia. They will develop an understanding of the arms and naval races and its impact, including Britain abandoning, 'Splendid Isolation' to form the Anglo-French Entente which later developed into the Triple Entente. Lastly, students will learn the reasons for and the impact of the decline of the Ottoman Empire. For the Tudors course, students will focus on the structure of English society, social discontent and rebellions before moving onto the economical cycle of prosperity and depression and the importance of trade. The place of religion in the late fifteenth century: its role and influence in society and the emergence of humanism will also be studied in depth.
Assessment: ‘The first Moroccan Crisis in 1905-6 was a bigger cause of international tension than the second crisis of 1911.’ Assess the validity of this view. ‘The Church in England in the reign of Henry VII was riddled with abuses.’ Explain why you agree or disagree with this view.Key Words and Terms
Term 3The Coming of War, 1911-17 and the early years of Henry VIII    
Students will begin with a thorough analysis of the causes of the First and Second Balkan Wars, how the Great Powers tried to impose peace on the Balkans and the impact this had on both the Great Powers and Serbia. In Term 3 students will begin their study of the 'Renaissance Prince and King', Henry VIII. An in depth study of his character and aims will enable students to evaluate how successful he was by the end of his reign. This will be followed by an analysis of domestic policies under Wolsey including the Amicable Grant and the Eltham Ordinances.
Assessment: ‘War engulfed Europe in 1914 because of the collective failure of the Great Powers to deal with the consequences of the Second Balkan War, 1912–1913.’ Assess the validity of this view. Henry VIII’s reforms in government were limited both in scope and in success.’ Assess the validity of this view.Key Words and Terms
Term 4The outbreak of war in the Balkans and the July Crisis and Foreign relations and securing the succession (Henry VIII)
The assassination of Franz Ferdinand and the reaction of the Great Powers is covered firstly culminating with the July Crisis. Students will then study how and why general war in Europe broke out in 1914. England's relations with Scotland, Spain and other foreign powers throughout his reign are examined before focusing on how Henry secured the succession in the 1530s and 1540s.
Assessment: ‘The descent into a general European war in 1914 had very little to do with the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand in Sarajevo.’ Assess the validity of this view. How far can the foreign policy of Henry VIII be described as a success?Key Words and Terms
Term 5From war in Europe to World War and society, economy and religion in the reign of Henry VIII
Students will begin by studying the reasons for and the consequences of the mobilisation of the German and Russian forces before assessing the Schleiffen Plan and Britain's reasons for declaring war on Germany. They will then learn how the war escalated from a European war to one that involved nations from every continent including America's entry. For the Tudors topic, students will study English society including the significance of rebellions such as the Pilgrimage of Grace before moving on to the importance of trade and exploration to the English economy. Lastly, the influence of the Renaissance and how this manifested in the reforms of the English Church by 1547 are examined in the last few weeks of the term.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 6New unit
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