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History

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course: GCSE History

Edexcel GCSE History is a rigorous, internationally-respected and employer-valued academic qualification, which will provide an excellent foundation for future study. It will also lead onto a very wide range of careers, including Law, government, journalism, media, and many others.

Members of the Department:

Mr. A. Dubberley, Head of History
Mrs J. Jude
Mrs. L. Ramsay

 

Introduction

History helps us to understand the world in which we live in all of its complexity.  

Pupils will investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.  

In pursuing this understanding, pupils will evaluate sources, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn the importance of supporting any judgements they make with relevant evidence.  

History encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils develop a healthy and balanced sense of national identity.

Trips and Visits

Year 7 – Colchester Castle.  This forms the basis of an assessed piece of written work, about the changing use of an historical site.

Year 9 – 1-day excursion to Ypres, to investigate this part of the Western Front, with a particular focus on medicine and surgery in the First World War.

Year 10/11 – Residential study tour to Berlin.  This covers sights related to both the Nazi era, and the development of the Cold War.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7 - Introduction to History
Historical Skills and Overview of Roman Britain
1066, Norman Britain and the Crusades
Medieval Britain c1200 to 1500 including Maga Carta, the Black Death and the Peasants' Revolt 

Year 8 - Britain 1500-1750
The German Reformation and its impact on the Tudors and Stuarts
The Age of Revolution, including France and British Industrial and social change 1750 - 1900
The British Empire
Jack the Ripper Investigation

Year 9 - Modern World
USA - The experience of Black Americans
The struggle for the vote in Britain, (universal suffrage for men and women)
The early Twentieth Century including both World Wars and the Holocaust;
The later Twentieth Century, including an overview of the Cold War and social change.

 

KEY STAGE 4

YOU WILL STUDY: 

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

 

ASSESSMENT:

Three exam papers will be taken in the summer of Year 11:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (1 hour and 15 minutes: 30% of the qualification)

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (Cold War/ Elizabeth) (1 hour and 45 minutes: 40% of the qualification)

Paper 3: Modern depth study (Germany) (1 hour and 20 minutes: 30% of the qualification)

 

There is a single tier of assessment, covering grades 9 to 1.