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GCSE History

[Exam Board: Edexcel]

 

Why study this course?

GCSE History is part of the new suite of GCSEs starting in September 2016.

 

This course is designed to help you achieve a broad understanding of History. It will develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of key events, periods and societies in local, British and wider world history. It will allow you to engage in historical enquiry and develop your skills as independent learners and critical and reflective thinkers.

 

What content is covered? [Exam Board: Edexcel]

The content consists of three papers:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment     Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city

This unit will allow students to explore change and continuity across a long sweep of history. They include people, events and developments and reveal wider changes in aspects of society over the centuries and allow comparisons to be made between different periods of history. The historic environment is linked to the thematic study (Crime and Punishment) and focuses on that site (Whitechapel) in its historical context.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study     Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 and Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-40

The period study focuses on a substantial and coherent medium time span of at least 50 years and requires students to understand the unfolding narrative of substantial developments and issues associated with the period. In this paper, students will explore the ideological battle between the USA (The West) and the USSR (The East) that followed the end of the Second World War. The British depth study focuses on a substantial and coherent short time span which will include exploring social, economic, political, religious and military aspects. The paper will explore Tudor society and government; key characters in Henry’s government (such as Wolsey and Cromwell) and key events such as the break with Rome and Reformation.

Paper 3: Modern Depth study     Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

The modern depth study focuses on a substantial and coherent short time span which will include exploring social, economic, political, religious and military aspects. In this paper we will explore the new Germany created at the end of World War One, the problems with the Weimar Germany, the coming to power of Hitler and the Nazis and life in Nazi Germany.

 

How will I be assessed?

The course is 100% exam based:

Paper 1: 30% of the qualification          1hr 15 minutes

Paper 2: 40% of the qualification          1hr 45 minutes

Paper 3: 30% of the qualification          1hr 20 minutes

 

Curriculum Maps [GCSE]

Year 10 Curriculum Map
Year 11 Curriculum Map [TBC]

Further information

For further information on the History GCSE syllabus, please click on the link below:

Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) Syllabus
For further information, please contact Mr D Williams (Deputy Headteacher) at the school.

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