History at GCSE continues the themes studied across Key Stage 3. The course covers aspects of medieval, early modern and twentieth century world history, which will develop critical, analytical and communication skills through the exploration of themes and interpretation.
In terms of content we study the following:
The People’s Health, c.1250 to the present (Paper One, 20%)
This thematic study should enable students to understand changes and continuities in public health in Britain from c.1250 to the present. The study should reveal wider changes in aspects of society over the centuries, allowing students to understand the most significant characteristics of different ages and to make comparisons between different periods of history.
The Elizabethans, 1580-1603 (Paper One, 20%)
This depth study should enable learners to understand the complexity of late-Elizabethan society and the interplay of political, religious, economic, social and cultural forces within it.
History Around Us - Dover Castle (Paper Two, 20%)
Studying the history around them has much to offer students. It provides a valuable approach to studying history, and helps them to find a connection with people’s lives in the past. For many students, the study of Dover Castle can be the beginning of an interest in the historic environment that will continue into adult life.
The Making of America, 1789-1900 (Paper Three, 20%)
This period study follows the unfolding narrative of the making of America from the inauguration of the first president in 1789 to the end of the nineteenth century when the USA was set to become the world’s dominant power. Students will need to understand how and why American territory expanded during these years and the relationship between this expansion and the cultures of indigenous Americans, African Americans and white Americans.
Living Under Nazi Rule (Paper Three, 20%)
This world depth study should enable learners to understand the impact of the Nazi dictatorship on people’s lives both within Germany and across occupied Europe. It explores the interplay of political, economic, social, racial and cultural forces at work in these societies.
Paper One – 80marks- 1hr 45minutes
Paper Two – 40 marks (plus 10 SPAG*) - 1 hr
Paper Three - 80 marks- 1hr 45minutes
Why should you do History?
History is a respected qualification as it demonstrates an enquiring mind, essential for a wide range of Higher Education courses and careers in management, central government, the civil service, law or journalism. However, students will find that the analytical skills gained through the study of History will be extremely useful for any career they might choose to pursue.