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Sixth Form: History

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Course Title


Subject Leader



Mr J Dickens





Course Information

Assessment Outline

Unit 1 – British Period Study and Enquiry
Y101 Alfred and the Making of England 871-1016
1 exam (1 hr 30 mins) – 25%

Unit 2 – Non British Period Study
Y219 Russia 1894-1941
1 exam (1 hour) – 15%

Unit 3 – Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations
Y320 – From Colonialism to Independence: The British Empire 1857-1965
1 exam (2 hr 30 mins) – 40%

Unit 4 – Topic Based Essay
Y100 (Personal Study)
1 piece of coursework (3-4000 words) – 20%

Assessment Objectives

AO1 - Demonstrate, organise and communicate knowledge and understanding to analyse and evaluate the key features related to the periods studied, making substantiated judgements and exploring concepts, as relevant, of cause, consequence, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance.
AO2 - Analyse and evaluate appropriate source materials, primary and/or contemporary to the period, within its historical context.

AO3 - Analyse and evaluate, in relation to the historical context, different ways in which aspects of the past have been interpreted.

Key Skills in this task

  • Developing reading stamina
  • Researching independently. Selecting relevant information. Organising/categorising your evidence logically.
  • Evaluating key features
  • Making substantiated judgements

Bridging Task

Task Outline

Section 1 – King Alfred and the Making of England 871 – 1016

Viking Invasions

In your course on King Alfred and the Making of England 871-1016, you will be studying the clash, conflict and developing relationships between Scandinavian and Anglo-Saxon societies in the British Isles. At this time, England was divided into many different kingdoms of which the four largest were Wessex (south of the Thames), Mercia (the Midlands), East Anglia and Northumbria (north of the River Humber). Scandinavian attacks in the ninth century played a major role in the creation of a single kingdom of England.

To help you to understand a little more about the relationships between these different peoples and societies, you will need to research and read to write down answers to the following questions:

- Who were the Vikings and where did they come from?

- Why did they begin to raid, attack and invade the British Isles in the eighth to ninth centuries?

Task: Use the following links to make notes under a range of different headings, representing different factors which influenced Viking Raids – e.g. Reputation, Wealth, Power, Vengeance etc. Write up an explanation as to which explanation you find most convincing.

To gain a greater sense of the period, you may also wish to read one or more of the following, all of which are available on Amazon for under £10:

- The Anglos-Saxon Chronicle (edited by Michael Swanton)
- The Life of King Alfred by Asser – in Alfred the Great, edited by Simon Keynes and Michael Lapidge
- The Last Kingdom (an historical novel with some excellent period detail) by Bernard Cornwall. This has also been made into a TV series available on Netflix

Section 2 – Russia 1894-1941

Russia in the C19th

1. Research Russian Society in the late C19th. You might wish to include:

Social Structure
Political System
Political Opposition
The Economy (including agriculture and industrial development

You should also include at least two additional categories of your own choosing.

You must find detailed evidence to illustrate the key features of each of these areas of Russian society. Present your findings in an A3 mind-map.

You may consult the following resources (and any others that you find useful). You should include evidence from at LEAST two different sources:

A Peoples Tragedy by Orlando Figes
Any textbook on modern Russian History (I recommend those by Lynch, Corin and Fiehn and Oxley)

2. In the late C19th, Russia was an autocracy. It was governed by a series of Tsars from the Romanov dynasty whose authority was backed by the Russian Orthodox church.

Create a glossary of key terms. Define “autocracy” and “Tsar”. Add any other words that you have discovered during your research.

3. Using your research, answer the following question.

Considering the nature of Russian society that you have researched, identify problems which might be a challenge to the power of the Tsar. Which problem would pose the greatest threat to the authority of the Romanov dynasty in the late C19th. Write a short answer (approximately 200-300 words) justifying your choice. Give clear criteria for your decision.


Marking Criteria / Assessment Method

We will be looking for accurate and detailed knowledge and the ability to reach a substantiated judgment as outlined in the scheme below: