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History GCSE

AQA Specification code: 8145

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Why study History?

The study of History enables us to understand where we come from, the world we live in now, and our place in it. Studying History gives us the chance to argue our own place in society, and to be certain of our own rights and responsibilities.  In practical terms, the study of History helps us to practise and develop our intellectual skills.  It teaches us how to produce coherent and balanced arguments in debate. History shows us how to use evidence for our own purposes, how to research and persuade. History also teaches us to be critical of what we hear and read, in order that we are not misled by others.  In addition, we study History because the past is a fascinating story.

You will study:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world (Year 10)

Germany, 1890-1945

This period focuses on the development of Germany during the 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. We shall explore how and why Hitler was able to come to power and the methods Hitler used to enforce his rule. This course will also look at the lives of ordinary Germans under Nazi rule.

Conflict and tension, 1918-1939

This course will look at the aftermath of World War One and the way in which leading European countries attempted to establish and maintain peace. Students will Investigate how the Treaty of Versailles established peace, how the League of Nations failed to keep the peace, Hitler’s exploitation of the Treaty of Versailles and the failure of appeasement in preventing World War Two.

Paper 2: Shaping the nation (Year 11)

Britain: Health and the people: c.1000 to the present day.

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 and their impact on British society.

British depth study including the historic environment.

This will include a depth study of Restoration England, 1650-1685. This course focuses on the main aspects of Charles II's reign starting with the legacy of the English Civil War. We explore the restoration of the monarchy and subsequent succession issue, as well as the numerous Catholic Plots faced during the period. Alongside the growth of England as a mercantile nation and the establishment of the East India Trade company, we also explore the social boom during Charles' reign with the growth of coffee shops and investment in the arts.

Examination and Assessment

Paper 1: 2 hours, worth 50% of the GCSE will be sat at the end of Year 11

Paper 2: 2 hours worth 50% of the GCSE will be sat at the end of Year 11