GCSE History

EDEXCEL: GCSE HISTORY                                                                                                                                                             OPTION SUBJECT

INTRODUCTION

The History course is specifically designed to extend and enthuse students. They are encouraged to interpret, use and evaluate source material. Students will also develop essay writing skills and the ability to present a
coherent argument in a concise historical style. Students will also learn about international relations - what led to conflicts between countries, and how these conflicts were settled. 

COURSE CONTENT

Unit

Assessment

Duration

Weighting

Marks

1

Thematic study and historic environment

Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present

This comprises a thematic study (Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present) and a study of a historic environment (Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city).

1¼ hours

30%

52 marks

2

Period study and British depth study

British depth study option:

Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Period study option:

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

1¾ hours

40%

64 marks

3

Modern depth study

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

1 hour and 20 minutes

30%

52 marks

Examinations for Units 1, 2 and 3 are at the end of Year 11.

Successful results for the History department at GCSE:

2017 – 50% A*-A, 88% A*-B, 97% A*-C

2016 – 56% A*-A, 84% A*-B, 95% A*-C

LEARNING OUTSIDE OF THE CLASSROOM - TRIPS AND VISITS

In February 2018, History GCSE students will have the opportunity to visit the historical city of Berlin. This will be pertinent to their studies of both Weimar and Nazi Germany in Unit 3 and the Cold War in Unit 2. In addition, there will be a day trip to Whitechapel in Year 11 to aid with their studies of Crime and Punishment in Unit 1. Students in Years 10 and 11 are also encouraged to join the Historical Society. We meet every half-term to debate historical issues outside of the syllabus. We also attend day conferences to listen to current historians speak about their specialised subject. Previous visits include David Starkey and Robert Service.

BEYOND GCSE

The study of the past generates constant debate, encourages inquisitiveness and develops analytical evaluation. History is a popular A level subject and opens a wide range of future career opportunities including law, archaeology, international relations, journalism, politics and the Civil Service. Successful results for the History department at A level: 2017 – 67% A*-A, 100% A*-B.