Students will begin by learning what ideas, both rational and supernatural, people in medieval England (1250-1500) had about the causes of disease and illness. They will learn about the Theory of the Four Humours, the Treatment of Opposites and the continuing influence of Hippocrates and Galen throughout the period before exploring how ineffective these were in the attempt to cope with the impact of the Black Death. Students will then study continuity and change during the Medical Renaissance (1500-1700) including the work of Sydenham, Vesalius and Harvey before a comparison between the 1665 plague and the Black Death. They will also study the importance of factors such as the invention of the printing press, the Reformation and the rise of humanism.
The medical landscape since 1700 has transformed enormously and students will study the influence of Louis Pasteur’s Germ Theory, Edward Jenner and other key individuals central to this shift in medical prevention and treatment. As they move to the 20th century, students will learn how scientists such as Crick and Watson began to investigate causes of disease not related to microbes but genetics and lifestyle factors. The development of Magic bullets and the impact of the NHS will also be considered before finishing with a case study on the fight against one of modern Britain’s deadliest killers: lung cancer.
In this unit students will learn how developments in medicine in the early 20th century contributed to the treatment of soldiers in the British sector of the Western Front. They will also learn about the types of injuries and illnesses that were experienced by soldiers and the different types of surgery and medicine used to treat soldiers in WWI.
Students continue their GCSE studies with a study of Early Elizabethan England. They will begin by studying Elizabeth accession to the throne, the problems she faced and her solutions. They will then look at the threats to her reign from home and abroad. This will include looking at plots and the political rivalry between England and Spain including the Spanish Armada. Looking closely at the reasons why the Armada was sent, and the consequences of the armada.
Religious toleration is explored in connection with Elizabeth's early domestic policies.
Students will continue their study of Elizabeth's reign by looking at 4 key Catholic plots against Elizabeth. They focus with an analysis into the significance of the events of the Revolt of the Northern Earls and why it and the other plots failed. Students then study the deteriorating relations between Spain and the causes of war between England and the Spanish Armada in 1588.
Can the exploitation of the New World in pursuit of economic advantage ever be justified?
This unit is an in depth study of the Weimar republic between 1918 and 1933. It examines the social and economic conditions in Germany in the aftermath of the First World War and the role played by Stresemann in Germany’s recovery. It also explores the role played by the Nazi Party in Germany’s political scene from its foundation to Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor in 1933.
The study of post 1929 living and working conditions in Germany as a reason for the growing popularity of extremist politics.