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GCSE History

GCSE History will encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed by following a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.

GCSE History enables students to engage in the process of historical enquiry, to develop as effective and independent critical thinkers, and develop their knowledge and coherent understanding of selected aspects of the subject.  It enables an awareness of how the past has been represented and interpreted differently.  It also develops the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context, and to recognise that their historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them understand the present.

Year 9 History

Year 9 History will focus on building skills to help develop ability at GCSE level.  Students will study Slavery, Civil Rights in America and the Cold War.  We will start the GCSE course in the Trinity Term.

GCSE Assessment

Paper 1: Thematic Study and Historic Environment – students will study Medicine in Britain, 1000 – present.  This will include a focus on The British sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: Injuries, Treatment and the Trenches. 30% of total GCSE. The examination will be 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Paper 2: This will include two topics.  Students will be studying Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 and will also do a period study looking into the American West 1835-1895. 40% of total GCSE.  The examination will be 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Paper 3: This will be a modern depth study.  Students will study Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939. 30% of total GCSE.  The examination will be 1 hour and 20 minutes.

Why study History?

History develops skills, knowledge and understanding that will serve young people well in many walks of life, including Archaeology, Anthropology, Researching, Law, Teaching, Intelligence Services, Journalism and many more.

How to do well in History

  • Ensure you keep your exercise book up to date with all work presentable and detailed
  • Participate in class and ask questions
  • Do homework, very carefully read the suggestions made and act on them
  • Practise exam style questions and revise appropriately
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