In the first year, you will study two periods, one British topic area and one European topic area, and these will be developed further in the second year.
Firstly, we will study the Tudor monarchs from Henry VII to Elizabeth I and the fundamental changes in government, society and religion that the Tudors brought about to begin creating our modern society. There will be battles, rebellions, executions and major changes in peoples’ lives a-plenty to discover. We will meet many historical figures both admirable and unpleasant and there will be debates to address regarding cause and effect and issues of change or continuity.
The European topic is the Rise of Nazi Germany,which is studied for many reasons but particularly to avoid nations making the same political mistakes again. We will study Germany over two years looking at the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazis in the first year and then look at life in Nazi Germany and the Second World War including the Holocaust in the second year.
As part of the second year, we will also need to study another topic unrelated to anything we have studied on the course so far. This is to stretch and challenge students to be ready for the potential challenges of University life. This topic will be a study of the causes and events ofthe French Revolution and then subsequently Emperor Napoleon Bonaparte’s career. It will again be full of action: rebellion, revolution, wars, larger-than-life personalities (like Napoleon himself and the notorious Robespierre) and a high body count. It is important too because it triggered our current ideas of democracy and freedom of the individual and that in turn will lead the important political ideologies Socialism and Communism which have dominated the 20th and 21st Centuries.
There is also an individual coursework element in the second year, which will be drawn either from the Tudor topic or from the French topic.
Unit 1: Government, Rebellion and Society in Wales and England c.1485-1603 (Tudors)
Unit 2: Germany Part 1 – Weimar and its Challenges c.1918-1933
Unit 3: France – Ancien Régime to Napoleon c. 1715-1815
Unit 4: Germany Part 2 – Nazi Germany c.1933-1945
Unit 5: Historical Interpretations – 4000 Word Essay (Topic to be decided – probably Tudor)