What will be studied?
History at GCSE encompasses a variety of topics from the Medieval period to 21st century. Students will have the chance to build on topics learnt during their Key Stage 3 curriculum as well as some entirely new and diverse topics. It will include a mix of both world and British History
Written skills will be tested during this GCSE. There are marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar alongside the skills and content requirements. These skills will be developed over the course.
Who will this course suit?
This course will suit anyone who has an interest in studying the past and seeing how it affects the future. If you like to read, analyse source material and delve into debates and explanations, then this is the course for you! We will be learning about a broad range of factors that have changed or continued across the time periods.
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How is the course assessed?
This course is assessed by three exam papers.
Unit 1 – Thematic study and Historical environment. The focus for this unit is Medicine in Britain, 1250 – present. This paper is worth 30% and will be examined for 1 hour 15 minutes.
Unit 2 – Period study and British depth study. The focus for the British depth study is Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 and the period study is The American West, c1835–c1895. This paper is worth 40% and will be examined for 1 hour 45 minutes.
Unit 3 – Modern depth study. The focus for this unit is Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39. This paper is worth 30% and will be examined for 1 hour and 20 minutes.
Where can I go with this qualification?
Students who take History at GCSE have the option to carry on their study into A Level where we study Britain 1603 – 1660 and Russia 1894 – 1941 during Year 12 and then the making of modern China and the civil rights struggle in America during Year 13. There are many careers that you can go into from studying History. Some of these include; Historian, researcher, lawyer, teacher, librarian and archaeologist.