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History

Subject: GCSE HISTORY

Overview

History is the study of people. It is the study of who we are, where we have been and where we are going next. By studying History you will learn how to use evidence in order to structure an argument. You will learn how to critically examine evidence assessing both its validity and usefulness enabling you to think independently and develop your own substantiated opinions. History allows you to stop patterns, identify links and make predictions as to what happens next.  Allied to this we teach students how to develop sustained analytical writing allowing them to develop their opinions in depth. Students who take History as a GCSE often go on to careers in Law, Politics, Journalism or Academia.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • The Norman Conquest
  • Life in Medieval England
  • Early Modern England
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • The Slave Trade
  • The American Civil Rights Movement

Year 8

 

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • World War One
  • The Women’s Rights Movement
  • World War Two
  • Ancient Medicine
  • Medicine Through Time
  • Modern Medicine

Useful websites/resources

www.spartacus-educational.com/

www.historylearningsite.co.uk/

www.johndclare.net/

Key Stage 4 Overview

Exam Board

Edexcel

Qualification type

GCSE

Assessment

The GCSE (9–1) in History is a linear qualification with 100% external assessment. The GCSE (9–1) in History consists of three examined components that are externally assessed at the end of Year 11. Paper 1 is a thematic study examining change and continuity over a thousand year time period. Our focus is on Crime and Punishment in Britain from 1000 to the present day. Paper 1 also includes a study of an historic environment. In our case this is Whitechapel in the late 19th Century. Students are examined on A01 (Subject knowledge) AO2 (Application of evidence) and AO3 (Source Analysis). The exam for Paper 1 is 1 hour and 15 minutes and is worth 30% of the GCSE. Paper 2 is partly a specific period study where we look at superpower relations during the Cold War between 1945 and 1991 and also a British depth study where we investigate Henry VIII and his ministers 1509 to 1540. The paper 2 exam focuses on AO1 and AO2 specifically. It is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and worth 40% of the marks. Paper 3 is a modern depth study where we look at Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 to 1939. The students are assessed on AO1, AO2, AO3 and AO4 (Interpretations). This is assessed by an exam lasting 1 hour 15 minutes and is worth 30% of the final grade.

Year 9

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

Option 10: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present

and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing

and the inner city

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Medieval Crime and Punishment
  • Early Modern Crime and Punishment
  • Crime and Punishment in the Industrial Age
  • 20th Century Crime and Punishment
  • Whitechapel Depth Study
  • Whitechapel Depth Study

Year 10

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

Option 27: Superpower relations and the Cold War,

1941–91 and Tudor depth options

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Henry VIII and Thomas Wolsey
  • Henry VIII and Thomas Cromwell
  • Henry VIII and the Break from Rome
  • Origins of the Cold War
  • Key events of the Cold War
  • The end of the Cold War

Year 11

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 to 1939

Autumn

Spring

Summer

  • Weimar Germany 1918-33
  • Hitler’s rise to power 1918-34
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • Revision
  • Revision

Useful websites/resources

www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zj26n39

revisegcsehistory.co.uk/