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KS4 History

The objective of this History GCSE course is to develop your understanding of a range of different historical periods.

In Year 10, students study Modern History, with a focus on the 20th Century. The course begins by examining the history of medicine through time. Students will also explore what life on the Western Front in the First World War was like. The course continues by focusing on Weimar and Nazi Germany, including an analysis of how Hitler came to power and life in Nazi Germany.

In Year 11, students study the relationship between the USA and the USSR in the Cold War. The final area of content covered is an investigation into Early Elizabethan England, paying particular attention to Queen Elizabeth’s reign.

GCSE History students have the opportunity of one curriculum enrichment trip. In Year 11 the department offers a trip to Krakow, to visit Auschwitz as part of their study of Nazi Germany and the Cold War.

Assessment Method:

Paper 1 – Thematic Study & Historic Environment – 1 hour 15 minutes exam 30% of the GCSE
Medicine in Britain c1250-present and The Western Front in the First World War, 1914 -18

Paper 2 – Period and British Depth study 1 hour 45 mins exam 40% of the GCSE
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study 1 hour 20 mins exam 30% of the GCSE
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39