History – GCSE
History Curriculum for GCSE
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.