Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Course Overview

Year 7

In Key Stage 3 students have 3 lessons of history per fortnight. They begin their secondary education by studying a topic called ‘What is History’. Here the Key Concepts that will be assessed throughout Key Stage 3 are introduced. These include chronology, cause and consequence, change and continuity, using evidence and interpretations. Students will then study the Romans, Norman Conquest, Medieval life, the Tudors, the Stuarts and slavery.

Year 8

Year 8 students continue to develop their historical skills through the study of the Industrial Revolution, Victorians, World War One, Women’s movement, World War Two, Nazi Germany, and the 1960s in Britain and USA. Students are encouraged to become enquirers who are able to research and investigate events, people and cultures from the past. These skills can then be developed and extended for future history GCSE qualifications.

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Course title and type of qualification: GCSE (9-1) History

What will I learn?

This is a new course that will allow students to learn about events from three different eras – Medieval, Early Modern and Modern. We will study the following periods:

Paper 1 - Thematic study and historic environment:
  • Crime and Punishment in Britain
  • c1000–present and Whitechapel
  • c1870–c1900
  • crime
  • policing and the inner city
Paper 2 - Period study and British depth study
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941–91
  • Henry VIII and his ministers 1509–40
Paper 3: Modern depth study
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 30%* of the qualification.
  • 52 marks (16 for the historic environment, 36 for the thematic study).
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 40%* of the qualification
  • 64 marks (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study)
Paper 3: Modern depth study
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • 30%* of the qualification
  • 52 marks

What could I move onto?

You could choose to continue with the study of History by taking AS in the Sixth form or at college. The skills learnt at GCSE History will also complement the study of subjects such as English Literature, Politics and Sociology.  A GCSE in History shows that you have a high level of literacy and that you are able to analyse complex information.  Students will develop skills in analysing and evaluating historical sources. They will study different approaches to history in order to reach their own interpretations. Students will be able to explain and justify their own interpretations and structure an essay and narrative clearly and effectively These skills are highly valued by colleges and employers.

Exam Board:  Edexcel

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