GCSE History (9-1)

Syllabus Title: Schools History Project

Exam Board: EDEXCEL (GCSE 9-1)

Exam Details:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment {30%}

  • - Crime & Punishment in Britain, c1000-present
  • - Whitechapel, c1870-c1900; crime, policing and the inner city

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study {40%}

  • - Henry VIII & his ministers
  • - Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991

Paper 3: Modern depth study {30%}

  • - Weimar & Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

This is a rigorous course that explores different themes over a large period of history; it is always, therefore, highly regarded. Large sections of the course flow directly on from our Key Stage 3 Programme of Study. Therefore, a strong performance throughout Year 9, a  desire to achieve, a love of reading and current affairs is essential for success.

COURSE CONTENT:

Year 10

  • Crime & Punishment in Britain, c1000-present
  • Whitechapel, c1870-c1900; crime, policing and the inner city
  • Weimar & Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Year 11

  • Henry VIII & his ministers
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991

This year the History Department has discussed the values that we believe should underpin a history curriculum. We decided on the following:

Social justice

Bravery/courage  

Democracy & participation

We are proud of our GCSE History curriculum in that it enables students to develop and understand these values. The History course is interesting, diverse and chronologically broad so students get a full sweep of History from pre-Norman to present day Britain as well as fascinating international studies. The study of History GCSE enables students to    investigate the past in order to help understand the world in which we currently live. Crucial Issues such as discrimination and inequality are tackled along with many others. The course seeks to stimulate independent thought and encourages the forming of students’ own ideas and opinions.

How is History useful to me for A-Level, University or the world of work?

History is an English Baccalaureate subject and as such is one of the most nationally academically respected options. History is a highly respected A Level by both Universities and employers and provides many opportunities for later life. Many people who study history go on to be:

  • Lawyers
  • Journalists
  • Professors and academics Business owners
  • Politicians
  • Work on television and in the media
  • Professional Historians
  • Business managers
  • Researchers for big Think-Tanks and Pollsters
  • Archaeologists

PROGRESSION AT POST-16:

Students who achieve grade 6 or higher in GCSE History can move on the study A Level  History at RR6.  Students can also progress onto subjects such as Government and Politics,  Sociology, Psychology and Economics.

STAFF TO CONTACT:
Mr Warnock-Smith (Head of Department)