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History

Key Stage 3 History

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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

Why choose History?
Our AS and A-level History qualifications has been chosen to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. This will help them to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. Students will be taking the new AQA History specification.

What will you be learning?
In order to give students the opportunity to study a broad range of history we have chosen to carry on teaching the Tudor period while introducing a much more modern aspect to our course. The revised Tudor unit is a much broader depth study of the period which dominates and fascinates British history. Full of interesting characters, pivotal moments and truly country shaping events the Tudors are an essential topic for any history student to have covered.
In addition to this and for an entirely different flavour of history we will be tackling the complexities of the Cold War. This option provides for the study in depth of the evolving course of international relations during an era of tension between communist and capitalist powers which threatened nuclear Armageddon. It explores concepts such as communism and anti-communism, aggression and détente and also encourages students to reflect on the power of modern military technology, what hastens confrontation and what forces promote peace in the modern world.
Although officially over the Cold War continues to dominate international relations, international decisions and can be truly said to have shaped our modern world.

How you will be assessed?

Component 1: Breadth Study
What’s assessed
The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations.
Assessed

  • written exam 2½hrs
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A-level
Questions

  • Two sections
  • Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations (30 marks)
  • Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)
Component 2: Depth Study
What’s assessed
The study in depth of a period of major historical change or development and associated primary evidence.
Assessed

  • written exam 2½hrs
  • three questions (one compulsory)
  • 80 marks
  • 40% of A-level
Questions

  • Two sections
  • Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources contemporary to the period (30 marks)
  • Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)
Component 3: Historical Investigation
What’s assessed
A personal study based on a subject of the student’s choice. This should take the form of a question in the context of approximately 100 years. It must not duplicate the content of options chosen for Components 1 and 2.
Assessed

  • 3000-3500 words
  • 40 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • Marked by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA

The personal study is an opportunity for students to develop their understanding of a topic of their own choosing. While it cannot overlap with other areas studied there is still the option of choosing anything relating to the world wars, the shaping of Europe through revolution and the entire back catalogue of history’s greatest characters.

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