Curriculum – KS5 History, Block B

Examination Board: OCR (A Level History A)

Units Taken : Either Y107 or Y113; either Y207 or Y221; either Y306, Y318, or Y319; Y100

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Course Content

Year 12

In Year 12 all History students study one unit of British History which makes up 25% of their A level, as well as one unit of German History which accounts for 15% of the A level.
Block B History students study the following units in Year 12. Britain 1930-1997 and Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany, 1919-1963.

Year 13

In Year 13 students study one thematic History unit which makes up 40% of their A level.  Block B History students study Popular Culture and the Witchcraze of the 16th and
17th centuries. All students also research and produce a coursework essay of 3000-4000 words which is worth 20% of the A level. The coursework research begins in Term 6 of Year 12 and the deadline for coursework to be handed in is at the start of January in Year 13.


Skills Gained from taking this Course

  • Interrogating and evaluating source material.
  • Assessing continuity and change over a period of time.
  • The ability to discriminate between the significance of a range of factors.
  • Reaching strong and supported judgements.
  • Assessing causation and consequences.
  • Structuring sustained, multi-causal arguments.

St Marylebone Entry Requirements

To gain entry into the sixth form at St Marylebone School, students must gain a minimum of five 9-6 grades at GCSE and a 5 grade in English and Maths GCSE.


Subject Specific Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in History GCSE and a 6 in English Language.


Entry Suggestions

Students taking History will have an interest in studying the motivations of individuals, groups and governments in the past. An enquiring mind is essential, as is the ability to discuss and engage actively with a range of historical themes and perspectives.

Students will be keen to dissect a range of different types of sources, will be interested in reading beyond the topics studied, and will be confident in expressing themselves in both written and verbal form.


Resources Needed for this Course

For Year 12:

  • M. Wells and N. Fellows, OCR History A: Britain 1930-1997, (London, 2015).
  • N. Fellows, OCR A Level History: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany, 1919-1963, (London, 2018).

Before you begin…

If you are made an offer, you will be expected to complete the following before your first lesson in September:

Read the following articles which should give you an introduction to each unit. For each, you should identify the argument being made and write down any interesting key facts:
Modern Britain 1930-1997:

Read this article: http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/british/modern/overview_1945_present_01.shtml

Recommended enrichment reading text:
Churchill, by Roy Jenkins or A History of Britain since 1918, by David Marquand.
Also recommended: talk to your parents or older relatives about their experiences of political and social change during this time. What would they say were the key developments and turning points?

Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-63:

Read the articles on Germany’s situation after both World Wars:
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwone/war_end_01.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/history/worldwars/wwtwo/nuremberg_article_01.shtml
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Ycppm2cEsw&safe=active.

Recommended enrichment reading text:
‘Alone in Berlin’ by Hans Falluda and/or ‘The Dark Room’ by Rachel Seiffert.