The Year 9 topics link together under the theme of ‘conflict and co-operation’, focusing on periods of both war and tolerance from different parts of the globe, dating back as far as Medieval times and coming up to the recent past. In addition the year 9 curriculum is a pre-GCSE course that through the theme of ‘conflict and co-operation’ develops key skills that will more rigorously prepare those students going on to take History GCSE.
The GCSE History course builds on the knowledge and skills that students acquired at Key Stage 3. The topics during these two years of study are varied and engaging, including a strong British element, as well as wider global issues that are very much relevant today. There is a strong literacy focus to the course, as students at this level are required to communicate their learning in an articulate and analytical way, thus a willingness to read, debate and write extended pieces of work are necessary to do well in a GCSE that is 100% examination.
WHICH EXAMINATION BOARD SETS THE SYLLABUS:
WHAT QUALIFICATION WILL I GAIN?
WHAT WILL I BE STUDYING?
The history course offered at GCSE is specifically designed to be both engaging and challenging to students. Those skills learnt at KS3, such as source analysis, historical enquiry, and interpretation evaluation, are developed further at GCSE through a diverse selection of both British and global topics.
In Year 10 students will get to study the history of medicine in Britain, which traces the nature of medical practice from the Middle Ages up to the present day. This topic enables students to better understand the process of change over a large period of time, whilst also tying in well with GCSE science and particularly helping those students interested in future careers in the sciences or medicine.
The second Year 10 topic is a depth study that looks at Germany in the short period of time between World War One and World War Two when the Nazis gained power. This popular topic uses sources from the period to better enable students to understand the Nazis' rise to power and the impact which their actions had on the rest of the world.
Students then start Year 11 with another 20th century topic; the Middle East conflict. The controversy surrounding this area of study is precisely what makes it so fascinating, and through developing their ability to wrestle with contrasting interpretations students are able to form a much deeper understanding of the situation that still greatly impacts on the world they live in. The final GCSE topic comes back to Britain and focuses on the country during the reign of the Tudor monarch Elizabeth I. This was an exciting time in Britain, both in regards to religion and literature, as well as politics and exploration. Thus through studying this short period of British history in-depth students discover many of the foundations of the country we know today.
HOW WILL THIS SUBJECT BE ASSESSED?
All four topics are examined at the end of the course in three separate papers:
Paper 1 (30%) - Thematic Study
Medicine Through Time: 1250 - present
Paper 2 (40%) - Period Study and British Depth Study
Conflict in the Middle East: 1945 - 1995 (20%)
Early Elizabethan England: 1558 - 1588 (20%)
Paper 3 (30%) - Modern Depth Study
Nazi Germany: 1918 - 1939