History

Key Stage 3 History

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Contact Mr A Whelan

GCSE History

The GCSE History course is all new following the governments reforms of GCSE course and content comprises the following elements:

  • one period study
  • one thematic study
  • one wider world depth study
  • one British depth study including the historical environment.

Component 1: Understanding the modern world
Section A: Period studies – 1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship. This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism. Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in influencing change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact the developments had on them.
Section B: Wider world depth studies – Conflict and tension, 1894–1918. This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of nations and states. It focuses on the causes, nature and conclusion of the First World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred, and why it proved difficult to bring the war to a conclusion. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and how they were affected by and influenced international relation. When studied alongside the period study these units ensure students have a thorough understanding of some of the most important events in modern history that have helped shape the world around us.

Component 2: Shaping the nation
Section A: Thematic studies – 2A Britain: health and the people. This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place. This study is a fascinating look at the struggle to learn and develop medicine and features key events such as tackling the great plague and cholera and the discovery of germs and medicines.
Section B: British depth studies including the historical environment – Norman England, 1066–c1100. This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period. This allows students to deepen their understanding of the origins of England and there will be opportunities to study many of the Norman historic sites that surround us in North Yorkshire.

Component 1: written exam, 1 hour 45 minutes
84 marks (including four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar), 50% of GCSE

Questions:
Section A – six compulsory questions (40 marks)
Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
Plus four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Component 2: written exam, 1 hour 45 minutes
84 marks (including four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar, 50% of GCSE

Questions:
Section A – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
Plus four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

A-level History

A-level History

What will I study?
History is packed full of the greatest characters you could ever wish to see on the TV or stage and they don’t get any bigger than Henry VIII or more fascinating than the titanic struggle during the cold war between the leaders of America and Russia. Immerse yourself in the sixteenth century with the Tudors and use the cold war to help you to understand the state of the world today. All of the course is brand new learning and is accessible to anyone with a willingness to learn and a passion for the past!

What do students do afterwards?
In recent years, our A-level history students have gone on to study a wide variety of subjects including history (of course!), Egyptology, primary teaching or any other degree course. Or, use the skills acquired in organising information, drawing conclusions, and weighing up options to move into management training or administrative careers.

How will I be assessed?
80% exam at the end of the course, with 20% of coursework completed between Years 12 and 13.

What can I do to prepare?
Talk to other students who are already doing the course and ask them what they have done or wish they had done. Come and talk to one of the teachers who will be happy to discuss the content and style of learning in more depth. Send us an email if you can’t come and see us. Read some history – any period; reading relevant books is always good preparation.

“Teachers are genuinely fascinated by the subject and want to engage in discussions which not only help you in the subject, but make history fun.” – Joly Cox, Y13