Wellington College

Wellington College Belfast

Co-Educational Grammar School

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History and Politics

History and Politics
A-Level History ‘Easter Rising Trip’ (2015)

Key Staff

  • Mr G Bond (HOD)
  • Dr D Agnew
  • Mr D Young

History is taught as part of the curriculum at Wellington College and is studied throughout all of KS3, and offered to students for GCSE and A-Level.

Government and Politics is also offered to students at A-Level.

 

 

Year 8 topics

  • What is History?
  • The Norman Conquest of England
  • The Normans in Ireland
  • Norman society and the Black Death

Year 9 topics

  • The Reformation in England and Europe
  • Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada
  • Oliver Cromwell and the English Civil War
  • Ireland from the Plantations to the Act of Union

Year 10 topics

  • Overview of the Twentieth Century
  • Political Assassinations and their impact
    • The assassination of the Archduke Franz Ferdinand (28th June 1914)
    • The assassination of President John F Kennedy (22nd November 1963)
  • Warfare in the Twentieth Century
    • The development of technology in the Great War
    • Was Haig the Butcher of the Somme
    • Opponents of war - from Conscientious Objectors to ‘Draft dodgers’
    • Should the atomic bomb have been dropped on Nagasaki and Hiroshima
    • The reporting of war in the 20th century - the role of the media
  • Ireland from Union to Partition

Paper 1:  Study in Depth: 2 hours (50%)

This examination is available at Foundation or Higher Levels.  There are two written papers and a Controlled Assessment

Paper One: Section A (25%)

Germany 1918– 1941

This includes sections on:

  1. The Weimar Republic
  2. Nazi Germany
  3. Nazi policy towards Europe

Paper One: Section B (25%)

Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland 1965–1985

The key issues include:

  1. changing relationships between Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland in the 1960s;
  2. the political and civil unrest in Northern Ireland between 1969–1972
  3. the search for a political solution up to 1985.

Paper 2: Outline Study: 1¼ hours (25%)

The Cold War and its resolution, 1945 – 1991.

Candidates will be expected to have an outline knowledge and understanding of the significant events, developments and personalities that contributed to the Cold War and its resolution during the period c. 1945 – c. 1991.

GCSE History Controlled Assessment (25%)

The Controlled Assessment topic at GCSE History is ‘The Final Solution’ which deals with the Nazi persecution and genocide of the Jewish community during the 1930’s and 1940’s. It is worth 25% of the overall examination marks.

AS History Specification - Examining Board: CCEA

Course:  This course centres on Twentieth Century European History.  It examines most of the major events and personalities of the century and includes a study of the major ideologies, Communism, Fascism and Democracy.  The course builds upon skills acquired at GCSE. Students need to take a critical attitude towards evidence and appreciate that the past can be interpreted in different ways.  Students will also need to be able to communicate their ideas clearly and fluently

Description

There are two AS History modules:

AS 1: Germany 1918 - 1945

  • 1 hour 30 minute examination partly assessed using sources 50% of AS/25% of A Level

AS 2: Russia 1903 - 1941

  • 1 hour 30 minute examination 50% of AS/25% of A Level

A2 History Specification - Examining Board CCEA

There are two A2 History modules:

A2 1: The Clash of Ideologies - 1900 - 2000

  • 1 hour 15 minute examination - 20% of A Level

A2 2:  The Partition of Ireland 1900 - 1925

  • 2 hour examination(This module will be partly assessed using sources) - 30% of A Level

 

AS Government and Politics Specification - Examining Board CCEA

Course Description

The study of Government and Politics encourages young people to develop knowledge and understanding of the political systems in which they live. It encourages students to develop critical thinking and other essential academic skills. Study of A-Level Government and Politics helps to prepare young people for careers in many areas including law, business, journalism, finance, government services and, of course, politics itself.

An interest in current affairs is essential for all students of this subject. Students will need to be able to communicate their ideas clearly and fluently.

There are two AS Government and Politics modules:

AS 1:   The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland

  • 1 hour 15 minute examination - [ 1 source & 3 questions ] - 40% of AS / 20% of A2

AS 2: The British Political Process

  • 1 hour 45 minute examination - [ 5 questions ] - 60% of AS / 30% of A2

A2 Government and Politics Specification - Examining Board CCEA

There are two A2 Government and Politics modules:

A2 1:   Comparative Government

  • 2 hours 15 minute examination - [ 1 source & 5 questions ] - 60% of A2 / 30% of the A-Level

A2 2: Political Power & Political Ideas 

  • 1 hour 30 minute examination - [ 1 source & 3 questions ] - 40% of AS / 20% of the A-Level

Module Descriptions

There are FOUR modules within A-Level Politics

Two modules in Year 13 [AS Level Politics]:

AS 1:    The Government and Politics of Northern Ireland

This unit focuses on the:

  • arrangements for government of Northern Ireland since 1994;
  • strategies and policies of the main Northern Ireland political parties;
  • changes in electoral support for the main parties; and
  • political effects of the different electoral systems used in Northern Ireland.

 

AS 2: The British Political Process

Students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of Prime Minister and cabinet;
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the operation of the executive, legislature [The House of Commons and the House of Lords] and judiciary [judges];
  • demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the main British political parties.

 

Two modules in Year 14 [A2 Level Politics]:

Unit A2 [1]: The United Kingdom and the United States of America

In studying this option, students should draw upon knowledge and understanding previously acquired in the study of Unit AS 2: The British Political Process. This option includes:

  • a study of the United States Constitution and its main features;
  • how it can be amended or interpreted;
  • how it impacts on policy making;
  • the relevance of the Constitution to contemporary American society;
  • a direct comparison of the President and Prime Minister and Congress and the House of Commons of the USA and the UK.

Unit A2 [2]: Political Power

The focus of this option is on:

  • the competing theories of the nature and distribution of political power;
  • the various factors involved in the exercise of political power;
  • the basis of political authority, legitimacy and stability.

 


 

Year 13 Politics visit to Parliament Buildings, Stormont

On the 20th January 2016, thirteen members of the Year 13 AS Politics class visited the Parliament Buildings, Stormont to take part in the ‘Let’s Talk’ forum organized by the Assembly education service. The day was divided into two sessions, with the morning event being a two-hour Question & Answer session with a panel of MLAs’ including Nelson McCausland (DUP), Pat Sheenan (Sinn Féin), Alex Atwood (SDLP), Michael McGimpsey (UUP), Chris Lyttle (Alliance), Basil McCrea (NI21) and Ross Brown (Green Party). Clayton Taylor asked one of four questions concerning whether if the panel could foresee an end to ‘segregated schooling’ in Northern Ireland, which provoked an interesting debate.

The afternoon session involved Wellington pupils working collectively with students from the other schools in smaller groups to question other MLAs such as Clare Hanna (SDLP), Nuala McAllistar (Alliance) and Jennifer McCann (Sinn Fèin), as well as some of the MLAs from the morning session. Topics discussed included the representation of women within parties, the homeless epidemic in Northern Ireland and the role of the PSNI. These questions allowed our pupils to engage in interesting discussions with the MLAs and an opportunity to voice our views. Each MLA also provided the students with an overview of their Party’s policies, providing the pupils with an insight to the individual parties.

Afterwards the pupils took part in a ‘Mock Election’ in which they individually voted for the parties they supported on the basis of their Q & A experience, leading to overwhelming support for the Green Party. It was a well-organized and informative day, with the Year 13 students learning a lot to help them with the AS module on ‘The Politics of Northern Ireland’.

Report by Cara McRobb (Year 13)

Employers value the research, analytical, teamwork and communication skills that are developed by history students throughout their degree

GCSE History / Careers Information & Advice for Year 10 Pupils

Why study GCSE History?

  1. Many pupils enjoy History, find it fascinating and above all it is FUN.
  2. To help understand people and events;
  3. To understand society and to learn about our world, it’s culture and values.
  4. To learn skills which you can carry with you into jobs and adult life.

Furthermore, History will help in virtually any job or career by:

  • Helping you to think for yourself;
  • Helping you to work with others;
  • Helping you to be adaptable and to communicate well.

It makes you a more employable person, whether at 16+, 18+ or 21+.

GCSE History helps you with:

  1. Communication
  2. Motivation
  3. Personal Qualities
  4. Skills in relationships
  5. Decision making
  6. Management                                                                        

GCSE History develops these in YOU…

GCSE history will teach you key skills that will be of use in the following professions / employment areas:

  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Libraries
  • Retailing
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Personal services: Banking & Insurance
  • Social Services: Police, Civil Service, Social Work & local Government
  • Tourism / Travel Companies and Travel Agencies
  • Museum / Heritage / Leisure Services
  • Estate Agencies
  • Nursing
  • Photography
  • The Armed Forces (Intelligence Services / Adjutant Generals Corps)
  • Management            
  • Politics

A-Level Politics / Careers Information & Advice for Year 12 Pupils

Politics will help in virtually any job or career by:

  • Helping you to think for yourself;
  • Helping you to work with others;
  • Helping you to be adaptable and to communicate well

A/S Government & Politics will teach you key skills that will be of use in the following professions / employment areas:

  • Marketing
  • Law
  • Libraries
  • Retailing
  • Journalism
  • Teaching
  • Personal services: Banking & Insurance
  • Social Services: Police, Civil Service, Social Work & local Government
  • Tourism / Travel Companies and Travel Agencies
  • Museum / Heritage / Leisure Services
  • Estate Agencies
  • Nursing
  • Photography
  • The Armed Forces (Intelligence Services / Adjutant Generals Corps)
  • Management
  • Politics

AS Politics students often do their Year 13 work placements at Stormont, attached to a Northern Ireland MLA.

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