How is this course examined?
1 x Russia exam (40%). 2 hours 30 minutes
1 x British exam (40%). 2 hours 30 minutes
1 x coursework (20%). 4,000 word essay.
The structure of the course:
|Year 12||Year 13|
Britain - Politics 1951 - 1970
Russia - 1855 - 1881
Britain - Politics 1970 - 1990
Russia - 1881 - 1894
Britain - Politics 1990 - 2007
Russia - 1894 - 1906
Britain - Society 1951-1970
Russia - Recap & 1906 Revolutions
Britain - Society 1970-1997
Russia - 1906-1917
Britain - Society 1997 - 2007
Russia - 1917 - 1929
Britain - Foreign Policy 1951 - 1979
Russia - 1929 - 1941
Britain - Foreign Policy 1979 - 2007
Russia - 1941 - 1953
Britain - Northern Ireland & Start Revision
Russia - 1953 - 1964
Why is the course structured this way?
This course is purposely taught in two different ways. The Russia course is a breadth course and covers a wide period of history. As a result it is taught chronologically so students can grasp the key narrative that runs through these years.
The British course on the other hand is a much smaller period of time and as a depth unit works better as a thematically taught unit. This allows us to look at the same narrative with different lenses and understand it synoptically.
The course is broken up with a focus on the coursework (NEA) element at the end of Year 12. This is done in the summer of Year 12 as we feel students are mature enough to take on the independence needed for this then. It is also a good culmination of the writing skills we have built throughout Year 12.
How is the course assessed?
- Knowledge is tested throughout the course through low stakes quizzes and class discussion.
- Writing skills looking at essays, source analysis and interpretation analysis are assessed through formal exam questions which are marked using official mark schemes.
- Mock exams give students a chance through the course to test their overall understanding.