GCSE History

Why study History?

If you are interested in learning about where the modern world comes from then this is the subject for you.  Finding out about the roots of Britain helps to put the pieces of the modern world together and increases understanding about your life and the things and events in it.

Colleges, universities and employers appreciate the skills a person develops when they have studied History.  You develop a wide range of skills which can be applied to other academic courses and many jobs, and you develop the abilities to form justified arguments and give evidence for your opinions.

What will I study?

The English Language course offers a stimulating and engaging learning experience where you will study fiction and non-fiction texts as well as the craft behind

Paper 1: Thematic study and historical environment

  • Warfare through time – c.1250-present. Including an environmental study of the Blitz in WWII.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
  • Tudor depth option – Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

Paper 3: Modern depth study

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

What happens in lessons?

  • Regular discussions (in pairs, small groups and as a whole class) using visual stimulus such as DVDs, photos and source materials.
  • Independent tasks/note-taking for revision purposes.
  • Regular exam practice to develop exam technique.

How will I be assessed?

Two formal exams at the end of Year 11

Paper 1: 1 hour 15 minutes – Warfare through time

Paper 2: 1 hour 45 minutes – Elizabeth & The Cold War

Paper 3: 1 hour 20 minutes – Weimar & Nazi Germany 1918-39

What skills will I need?

  • Extended writing skills – essay questions go up to 16 marks (+4 SPaG marks).
  • Organisational and time management skills.
  • Literacy skills – a good quality of verbal and written communication is essential.
  • Self-discipline when it comes to revision.