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History – GCSE

History Curriculum for GCSE

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For our GCSE course, we follow the new Edexcel GCSE (9–1) History specification. It consists of three externally examined papers (sat at the end of Year 11).

Paper 1 (30% of the GCSE) is the Thematic study of Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and it includes a study of the British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatments and the trenches. Paper 2 (40% of the GCSE) is the British depth study on Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88. In this unit they also study and are examined on Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91. The final Paper 3 (30% of the GCSE) is the Modern depth study on Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.

Aims of the course

GCSE History develops and extends your knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience. Our students will:

· engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers

· develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context

· develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them

· organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

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