The study of History is an important part of an all-round education, and offers a range of career opportunities. Students develop a range of transferable skills including decision making, research, communication skills, ICT, social skills, organising evidence and information.
History bridges the gap between art and science and enables students to keep up to date with issues concerning Britain and the World today. It develops confidence and enables students to take part in lively debates.
Teaching and learning is achieved through a variety of different methods, individual work, class teaching, group work, debate, note taking. In addition to this, regular testing, exam questions and essay writing are an important part of the course.
Paper 1: Thematic study and historical environment (30%)
Medicine in Britain c 1200-present day
The British Sector of the Western Front 1914-1918: injuries, treatments and trenches
Paper 2: Period study and depth study (40%)
Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588,
The American West 1835 – 1895
Paper 3: Modern depth study (30%)
Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939
The new GCSE will be 100% external examination. This will involve three written papers covering all aspects of the course. Students will be awarded a grade 9-1.
Is it for me?
History aims to prepare young people for life, the world of work and further study. The school follows the EDEXCEL GCSE. Students acquire a range of study and work related skills, as well as learning about the past and modern world.
The course aims to build on skills and knowledge students have learned in Key Stage 3. Historical skills will be applied to new and interesting topics. If you enjoy investigating the past, writing essays, making notes, reading, analysing evidence and presenting your own ideas and opinions, History is the subject for you.