At Key Stage 5 we follow the A-level History syllabus.
We believe that the following units compliment GCSE History. Many students have studied Weimar and Nazi Germany. Units 1 and 2 allow you to study other dictatorships in Europe, albeit Communist. Units 3 and 4 allow you to develop your ability to work as a historian though engaging with sources and interpretations.
Unit 1: Russia, 1917-91 from Lenin to Yeltsin
Communist government of 1917-45; How did the Communist Party come to power and how did it keep that power?
Industrial and agricultural change; War Communism, New Economic Policy, how did Stalin try to catch up with the western world through his Five Year Plans? You will examine reasons for stagnation in the USSR's economy after 1964.
Control of the people; media propaganda and religion, cult of personality of Stalin, Khrushchev and Brezhnev, the secret police and the monitoring of dissidents and how the state managed and reacted to social change.
Social developments 1917-85; social security, employment, housing and social benefits and the promotion of a stable society. Attitudes and how they changed, towards women, children and the family unit.
What explains the fall of the USSR, c1985-91?
Unit 2: The German Democratic Republic (East Germany), 1949-90
Establishing and consolidating communist rule in the GDR, 1949-61; the division of Germany, creation of East Germany and the building of the Berlin Wall
The development of the East German state, 1961-85; economic change, creation of GDR identity through mass media and sporting successes
Life in East Germany 1949-85; housing, education, the changing status and role of women, repression and control e.g. the Stasi and Free German Youth. Western influences on the GDR through travel, television, films and popular music.
Growing crises and the collapse of the communist rule in the GDR, 1985-90; the problem of economic stagnation in the 1980s, Gorbachev's influence, the events of 1989 and the end of the GDR.
Unit 3: Poverty, public health and state in Britain, c1780-1939
The impact of industrialisation on health, the impact of epidemics, changing attitudes to public health, growth of the government's role of individuals Jenner, Chadwick, Snow and Stopes. The government introduction of old age pensions, National Insurance and means tests. Ideas about self-help and charity, social welfare reforms. The impact of war and the Depression.
Unit 4: Coursework
This element of the course will let you engage with the work of historians regarding the Cold War.