History helps us make sense of the world around us now and how it has developed. Students are challenged to work independently, develop substantiated opinions and analyse the past critically. Apart from being extremely enjoyable and enabling students to learn about the past – that is, to understand the past and, through it, come to a far better understanding of the present – history also offers students the opportunity to improve on many of the key skills which have been identified as a priority for their journey into Higher Education
History places particular stress on the development of independent thought and analytical skills, and requires excellent communication skills, namely high levels of literacy and oral presentation. Consequently, students following the history course will be expected to do a great deal of independent work and independent thinking, as well as a good deal of reading and writing.
History at Accrington Academy is ideal for those people who ask why, who want to understanding in more depth, who are curious about the impacts of key events in the past. History is not for people who don’t have opinions. In history you will be challenged to question the past, question historians, question yourself. This will lead you to making sustainable conclusions and opinions which may not be the same as your teacher – and that’s ok!
England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (20 mark analytical essay in the exam)
Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558 (two source based questions worth 10 and 20 marks in the exam)
Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963 (two analytical essay questions each worth 30 marks)
Russia and its Rulers 1855–1964
- Tsarist rule in Russia and its impacts
- The Provisional Government
- Lenin and his impact
- Totalitarian rule of Stalin including terror, collectivisation, the cult of Stalin and WWII
*Students will also complete a coursework module in year 2
British Period Study and Enquiry 50% Level 1 hour 30 minute paper
Non-British period study 50% Level 1 hour 30 minute paper
Two students each year are nominated by their teacher to visit Auschwitz concentration camp and become a school ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust
Opportunity of a trip to London to visit Hampton Court and the Tower of London, to fit in with the British period study.
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Miss J. Evans
History has always been a passion of mine. I can still remember family holidays to Europe and visiting the remains of Roman towns or baths, I was fascinated about the fact that people actually lived in these places and what their life must have been like. This was furthered with a visit to Pompeii when I was fifteen, it was then that I knew I wanted a career that centred on history in some form or another. I chose GCSE History and it was by far my favourite lesson. I had a fantastic teacher who inspired me to think about history teaching as a career. Through University I started to volunteer in secondary schools, my first ever lesson, as a nineteen year old student, was on Jack the Ripper. As students tried to figure out who Jack the Ripper was, coming up with their own conclusions and figuring out the past as I had years before in Pompeii, I knew that this was the career for me.
Mrs B. Lovell
I first became inspired to teach History from my own History teacher. I was always interested and enthused by the subject, but my own teacher really helped me to understand and relate to the topics we covered. I would say I am a social historian, and particularly enjoying learning and teaching about the pasts of ordinary people. Before I became a teacher, I did actually help to create a book for a local war veteran of his memoirs during World War II. This was something I particularly enjoyed as it was a real ‘active historical’ project.
Number of Students achieving grade A* - C
In A-Level History you discuss ideas and discover history yourself. there is a sense of independent learning I’ve come to value greatly when going into university. I decided to study History at Bangor University having gained an ability to analyse, a better sense of explaining my viewpoints, and a greater skill of evaluating my own work. I now study medieval history modules having developed an avid curiosity whilst at Accrington Academy. (It’s not all swords and knights, but also a surprising in depth analysis of farming – which has also proved interesting)Jordan Parker
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