Key Stage 3 History

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GCSE History

GCSE History

Most students follow an EBacc qualification pathway which means they will study either history or geography. Both of these courses offer students a range of knowledge and skills which enables them to make sense of the world around them. From history students are able to understand a little better about the events which have formed the world we live in today.

Why study History?
History is the story of people – the clue is in the name. We learn about where society has advanced from, the challenges that have been faced and hopefully some lessons for the future. If you have ever looked at anything, a country, a group or people or a system of government,  and wondered ‘why?’ – then you are thinking about history. History offers students skills in analysis and communication, the ability to use information, present a view or an argument and explain this fluently.

What you will study
The course follows on from your KS3 lessons with four main units;

  • Germany 1890-1945
  • Conflict and Tension 1894-1918
  • Power and the People c1170-to the present day
  • The Normans 1066-c1100

These cover a range of British and world history across the last thousand years.

How you will be assessed
The course finishes with two exams covering two units per exam. There are either four or six questions to answer per unit and these are a combination of shorter explanations, source responses and detailed written answers. During the course we will practice these and develop our skills in tackling them.

Where can the subject lead?
History has a natural pathway into studying A-levels and degrees, and then into any career involving the use and manipulation of information; from teaching to work in the heritage sector to advertising. And many famous comedians started as historians!

“GCSE History has helped me develop clinical skills that I can apply outside of school.” – Grace