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#1 Stephen Drew

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Posted 04 May 2003 - 12:34 PM

No vote this time - far too many choices!

However lots of people posted the information about what board, syllabus and topics they did at GCSE in a recent (and ongoing) thread here.

These are being gathered together in a new thread here. You can find people who do the same options as you at GCSE and possibly contact them to share ideas.

In this thread you can post information about what you do at A-Level. In addition please post here if you have experience of teaching a topic at A-Level, but have moved school etc. This will allow access to a latent pool of knowledge, and stop it being wasted. This applies to me for instance as I am now at an 11-16 school rather than a 13-18 High School.
The information that should be given is:

Exam Board
Unit numbers and titles.

When this has been done for about three weeks I shall gather the data together to produce another database in the same format as the GCSE one. Thanks to Neil McDonald for the idea of doing this for A-Level.


Unit 2 - The French Revolution
Unit 3 - Our own coursework on the American Revolution
Unit 4 - Enlightened Despotism

In addition I taught these units under the old system:
Napoleonic Era
Russia (18th and 19th centuries)
British Foreign and Imperial Policy 1763 - 1815
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#2 Carole Faithorn

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Posted 04 May 2003 - 12:41 PM

Brilliant idea you two! Will post when I have checked all unit titles and numbers. Never can remember the d--n things :(

#3 Richard Jones-Nerzic

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Posted 04 May 2003 - 03:23 PM

This is a great idea but I think it might be a little more complex than GCSE, particularly if we include the codes etc. and allow me to include the IB diploma. If so...

Standard Level (Everyone has to do Modern World)

Topic 1 - Causes, Practices and Effects of War

* WW1
* Spanish Civil War
* Chinese Civil War
* Korean War
* Vietnam

Topic 3 - The Rise and Rule of Single Party States:

* Mao's China
* Lenin and Stalin
* Spain and Portugal

Topic 5 - The Cold War

Higher Level

13 - Tsarist Russia to Communist USSR
14 - The causes, course and effects of WWI
15 - The inter-war years, 1919 to 1939
16 - Totalitarian Europe (Stalin only)
17 - The Iberian Peninsula in the 20th century
18 - The causes, course and effects of WWII
22 - 20th century European society
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#4 Martyn Ellis

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Posted 04 May 2003 - 04:07 PM


Unit 1 - Votes for Women
Unit 2 - Civil Rights
Unit 3 - Our own coursework on the Holocaust

Unit 4 - Personal Study
Unit 5 - Coursework on War and the Media
Unit 6 - Hitler and the Nazi State, but we are changing to the Cold War unit.

#5 Helen Evans

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Posted 04 May 2003 - 04:28 PM


Unit 1 : Russia in Revolution
Unit 2 : Liberals 1906 -1915
Unit 3 : Britain betwenn the wars. (Conflict and Depression)

Unit 4 : Fascist Italy
Unit 5 : Decline of the British Empire
Unit 6 : Decline fo the Liberal Party (Soon changing to Stalin)

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Posted 06 May 2003 - 02:20 AM

Although I am not currently teaching A level I have done a lot of IB.

Standard level exactly the same as Richard.

Higher level I have done the Europe and Africa Papers. Usual suspects for Europe, Russia, German and Italian Uni, Cold War. Africa was 19th and 20th Century African History.

Have also taught AICE History but only for one year several years ago.

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#7 Paul Smith

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Posted 06 May 2003 - 10:17 AM

At present:

AQA Unit H - C20th International History
Unit N - Tudor History

Have taught:

20th century world - IB and Alevel

19th/20th English - A Level

19th European - A level and IB

16th European - A level

Historiography - A Level

Boards have included, NEAB, London and AQA

Done some tutoring on US Foreign Policy under Nixon at undergrad level.

Hope this helps - anybody else doing AQA Unit H? or am I "all alone in the cold and lonely"

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Posted 06 May 2003 - 12:59 PM


Unit 1- Seeds of Evil

Unit 2- The Democratic Experiment, Weimar

Unit 3- Life in Hitler's Germany

Unit 4- Europe at War 1939-45

Unit 5- The Tudor Monarchy

Unit 6- The Cold War

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#9 jo norton

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Posted 06 May 2003 - 05:28 PM

We teach AQA Alternative D

Module 1: The French Revolution 1789-1915
Module 2: British History 1895-1951
Module 3: Europe 1825-1850 - Option B: The 1848 Revolutions,
Module 3: British History 1815-1841 Option A: The nature and impact of new Liberalism 1906-1915
Module 4: Nationalism and the State, Europe 1814 Section A: Political Instability in France 1814-1914 Section B Nationalism and the State, 1848-1871 - Italian Unification 1848-1871
Module 5 Britain 1918-1951
Module 6 - The Crowd in the French Revolution 1789-94

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Posted 11 May 2003 - 10:17 PM

1. Britain in a New Century 1900-18
2. Liberals and Labour 1899-1918
3. Germany 1918-39
4. (Investigations) Roosevelt's America 1920-41
5. (Theme) Development of Democracy in Britain 1867-1992
6. Personal study

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Posted 13 May 2003 - 03:02 PM

Edexcel (at the moment)

Unit 1 Seeds of Evil
Unit 2 The Railways
Unit 3 Henry VIII and the Reformation/Britain between the Wars
Unit 4 British Foreign policy 1919-1939
Unit 5 Edexcel coursework Mass Education
Unit 6 Hitler and the Nazi State

Have also covered:-
The First Crusade
Elizabeth's Foreign Policy

Edited by bemused1, 13 May 2003 - 03:03 PM.

#12 Aaron O'Brien

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Posted 16 May 2003 - 11:52 AM

I teach US History at AS level under the CIE syllabus:
Origins of the Civil War
Civil War and Reconstruction
Black Civil Rights
USA in the 1920s and 1930s
US Foreign Policy 1890s to 1945

A Level will be Modern Europe 1789 - 1939
French Revolution
Origins of World War One
Russian Revolution
Germany, Italy and USSR between the Wars

This is the first year the CIE syllabus has been taught at our school and in a few other New Zealand schools.
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Posted 21 May 2003 - 07:57 PM

I think this is a really good idea, to share tips form fellow teachers would be great! Especially useful when certain exam boards keep on making mistakes on our grades.

I teach various units of edexcel:
Boom and Bust USA 1919-1933
Civil Rights IN the USA 1945-1968

The Age of Peel 1833-1846
Power and Control in Nazi Germany

(I am also an exam marker for the Power and Cntrol In Nazi German)

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 05:54 PM

Unit 1 - Henry VII
Unit 2 - The Age of Wolsey
Unit 3 - Henry VIII and the Reformation
Unit 4 - Individual Assignment
Unit 5 - Coursework The Golden Age of Spain
Unit 6 - Edward and Mary + mid-Tudor crisis

#15 neil mcdonald

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Posted 04 June 2003 - 06:00 PM

AQA Unit J & Unit R

Also taught IB at Standard and Higher
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