Academy Academy Description ADEK Rating Curricula Location
Al Ain Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

Very Good With Outstanding FeaturesEnglish National CurriculumAl Ain
Al Bateen Academy

FS2 - Year 3 PYP Primary School, Year 7-13 Secondary School. Mixed

Very GoodEnglish National Curriculum,IB Diploma Programme,IB PRIMARY YEARS PROGRAMMEAbu Dhabi
Al Mamoura Academy

Primary Mixed / Secondary Girls Only

Good With Very Good Features English National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Muna Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Yasmina Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
The Pearl Academy

Primary, Mixed

OutstandingEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi
West Yas Academy

Primary & Secondary, Mixed

GoodAmerican Massachusetts State CurriculumAbu Dhabi
Al Forsan Nursery

Nursery Mixed

Not ApplicableEnglish National CurriculumAbu Dhabi


There are two units at A2. The first deals with an examination of British social, economic and political history between 1951 and 2007. The second is examined via coursework and requires the submission of a 4,000 word extended essay on aspects of African American history between 1865 and 1968. These papers are weighted 60 per cent and 40 per cent of the total A2 marks respectively.

Suggested reading list

  • The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007. Publisher: Nelson Thornes. ISBN: 978-1-4085-0315-7
  • Access to History: Britain 1945-2007. Publisher: Hodder. Educational ISBN: 9780340965955
  • The Debate on Black Civil Rights in America. Publisher: Manchester University. Press ISBN: 0719067618

Autumn Term
Britain 1951-1979

  • The ‘Attlee legacy’ and the so-called post-war consensus; the reasons for Conservative political dominance from 1951; the role of key personalities, including Eden, Butler and Macmillan; internal divisions in the Labour Party; the reasons for Conservative defeat in 1964. Britain’s declining imperial role; the Suez crisis of 1956 and the ‘wind of change’ in Africa; Withdrawal from commitments and bases ‘east of Suez’, 1967–1971; the problem of Rhodesia;
  • The growth of the economy and rising living standards; problems of the balance of payments and ‘stop-go’ policies.
  • Social tension: 1950s unrest; race riots, violence, criminality and hooliganism; selection and the divisive nature of secondary education; changes in attitudes to class
  • The role of key personalities: Wilson, Heath and their cabinets; the reasons for Labour’s defeat in 1970 and Conservative defeat in 1974; the emergence of Thatcher as Conservative leader

A New Dawn, 1865-1877

  • Implications of the death of President Lincoln and the passing of the Emancipation Proclamation of 1863.
  • The implications and impact of Congressional Reconstruction 1867-75.
  • The position of African Americans in politics and society at the end of Reconstruction, 1877.

Reaction and Resistance 1877-1933

  • The introduction of segregation in the Old South.
  • The roles of Booker T. Washington, W.E.B. Dubois and Marcus Garvey in the movement to improve African American rights.
  • The impact of the First World War.
  • The impact of the mass migration of African Americans from the Old South to the North from the Inter-War period.

A Turning Point, 1933-45

  • The impact of the New Deal.
  • Changes in tactics of the NAACP.
  • The Impact of WWII.
  • The situation in 1945.

The development of the Civil Rights movement in the 1950s.

  • The role and influence of the NAACP.
  • The support of the Supreme Court, 1945-60.
  • The emergence of the SCLC and the growing influence of Martin Luther King.
  • Non-violent protests including the Montgomery bus boycott.
  • The emergence of SNCC and the sit-in movement.

Spring Term
Britain 1979-1997

  • The leadership of Thatcher, the ending of post-war consensus, the downfall of Thatcher and the emergence of Major as leader.
  • The leadership of Major and growing internal divisions in the Conservative Party after 1992; the revival of Labour under Kinnock, Smith and Blair; the reasons for Labour’s victory in 1997; and the subsequent victories, 2001 and 2005
  • ‘Black Wednesday’ and its impact on the economy and public opinion; the role of economic issues in weakening support for the Conservatives; Labour’s economic policies and their impact, 1997–2007

Progress towards Civil Rights 1960–1968

  • The growing influence of Martin Luther King
  • Attitudes of, and actions by, the Kennedy administration,
  • Freedom riders, sit-ins and non-violent demonstrations,
  • The role of President Johnson in passing the Civil Rights Bill,

Britain and the EEC, 1951-2007

  • The reasons why Britain did not join the EEC between 1955 and 1963.
  • Economic motives behind the application for membership of the EEC in 1961.

During this term class time will also be used for one to one coursework tutorials for all students on a regular basis to monitor their progress. A detailed reading list will be provided for students prior to this term so that they can undertake reading in preparation for the coursework.

Summer Term
Britain 1951-2007 – an overview

  • Social issues and population change; the extent to which Britain had become an integrated and multicultural society by 2007
  • Britain’s role in NATO and interventions in the Balkans, 1995–1999; Britain’s ‘special relationship’ with the United States and its impact on Britain’s position in the world by 2007.
  • Revision

External Assessment: No
Internal Common Assessment: Yes
Coursework Deadline this H/T: N/A
Field Trips/Visits: No
Britain and the EEC, 1951-2007

  • Britain’s entry into the EEC in 1973
  • Britain’s position in the European Union under Thatcher, Major and Blair.