History and Sociology

GCSE HISTORY

Why Take GCSE History?

  • Learning about past events and the people who’ve influenced history will allow you to understand how the world got to the point it’s at now and how it will continue to develop in the future.
  • Studying history can lead on to many exciting career options, including Journalism, Law, Business, Politics, Marketing, and maybe even Teaching!
  • Fantastic trips run within the department- Previous outings to New York, Greece, Rome, Vienna/Budapest, Berlin/Prague. Future trips to America 2019!
  • Valuable skills for the world of work- communication and writing skills, constructing arguments, problem-solving skills.
  • Beyond GCSE: History is a FACILITATOR SUBJECT, one looked upon favourably by top universities.

Structure

This GCSE course consists of:

  • Two exam papers (Paper 1 = 1 hour 45, Paper 2 = 1 hour 45).
  • All assessed work completed in Year 11.
  • Breaking the myth: not all “long essays!”

Course Content - There are four Units that you will study, split across the two papers:

 Understanding the Modern World (paper one)

  1. Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship- This period of study focuses on the development of Germany during a 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.
  2. Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939- This focuses on the end of WWI and    the build up to WW2, looking at the Peace Treaties, League of Nations and the Rise of Hitler. How did the nations of 1918 assure another world war of such a scale would never happen again, only for 20 years to pass and the countries to break this promise?

 Shaping the Nation (Paper two)

  1. Health and the people, c1000-present- students will take a whistle stop tour throughout history looking at the bizarre and wonderful advancements in medical practice- from trepanning and the four humors to seismic advancements such as the birth of the NHS. A must study topic for inspiring doctors on how NOT to cure people!
  2. Elizabethan England, c1568-1603- students will study one of Britain’s greatest Queens and the last 35 years of her reign; rebellion, invasion, religious uncertainty and what life was really like during the ‘Golden Age’ of the last Tudor monarch.