History

GCSE History

Year 11: Edexcel Certificate in History

The Edexcel Certificate in History qualification will enable students to:

  • Acquire and develop knowledge and understanding of selected periods and/or aspects of history, exploring the significance of historical events, people, changes and issues.
  • Use historical sources critically, in context, recording significant information and reaching conclusions.
  • Organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding of history.
  • Draw conclusions and make historical judgements.

Assessment

Linear assessment takes places the end of Year 11 and comprises of two written papers each lasting 1 hour 30

minutes.

  • Paper1: Students must study two depth studies (50 marks – 50%)
  • Paper 2: students must study one historical investigation and one breadth study in change (50 marks – 50%)

Students are required to meet the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: recall, select and communicate their knowledge of history
  • AO2: Demonstrate their understanding of the past through explanation and analysis of, and judgements about, key features and the concepts in history of causation, consequence and change
  • AO3: Use a range of source material to:
    •  Comprehend, interpret and cross-refer sources
    •  Evaluate historical claims

Content

Pupils study the following topics in Year 10:

  • Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45 (25 marks)
  •  A world divided: Superpower relations, 1945-62 (25 marks)

Pupils will study the following topics in Year 11:

  • The French Revolution, c1780-94 (25 marks)
  • Changes in Medicine, c1845-c1945 (25 marks)

Half Termly Topics

  • HT1: First 3 weeks finishing off Paper 1: A world divided: Superpower relations, 1945-62; 4 weeks to introduce Paper 2: Changes in medicine, 1845-1945
  • HT2: Changes in medicine, 1845-1945
  • HT3: The French Revolution, 1780-94
  •  HT4: The French Revolution, 1780-94
  • HT5: Revision of all topics

 

Year 10: Edexcel GCSE History A

Edexcel GSCE History A is relevant and stimulating for students. It is clear and coherent and addresses a range of key historical contexts and events. It also provides an introduction to the key concepts and contexts of history enabling progression to A Level History.

The course aims to:

  • Actively engage students in the process of historical enquiry to develop them as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds
  • Develop students’ knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history
  • Develop students’ awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes
  • Develop students’ abilities to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in their historical context
  • Enable students to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in creative and different ways and reach substantiated judgements
  • Recognise that students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them to understand the present and provide them with a basis for their role as responsible citizens, as well as allowing further study of history.

Assessment

The course comprises of 4 units each worth 25% of the total GCSE. (Unit 1-53marks; Unit 2-54marks;Unit 3-53 marks; Unit 4-50 marks)

  • Units 1-3 are written papers each lasting 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Unit 4 is a controlled assessment

Students are required to meet the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of history.
  • AO2: Demonstrate their understanding of the past through explanation and analysis of:
    • Key concepts: causation, consequence, continuity, change and significance within a historical context
    • Key features and characteristics of the periods studied and the relationships between them.
  • AO3: Understand, analyse and evaluate:
    • A range of source material as part of a historical enquiry
    • How aspects of the past have been interpreted and represented in different ways as part of an historical enquiry.

Content

Pupils will study the following topics:

  • Unit 1: International Relations: The Era of the Cold War 1943–1991
  • Unit 2: Modern World Depth Study – Option 2A: Germany 1918–39
  • Unit 3: Modern World Source Enquiry – Option 3C: The transformation of British society c1951–79
  • Unit 4: Representations of History – CA5: Vietnam c1950–75

Half Termly Topics:

  • HT1: 3 weeks finishing off Unit 1 topic 1; 4 weeks Unit 1 Topic 2 – Three Crises of the Cold War
  • HT2: Unit 1 Topic 3 – The end of the Cold War
  • HT3: Unit 4 Controlled Assessment – Vietnam 1950-75
  • HT4: Unit 2 Topic 1 – The Weimar Republic 1918–29
  • HT5: Unit 2 Topic 2 – Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party 1919–33
  • HT6: Unit 2 Topic 3&4 – The Nazi dictatorship and Nazi domestic policies 1933–39

 

Year 9: Edexcel GCSE History (1-9) based on draft specification

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience
  • Engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers
  • Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context
  • Develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them
  • Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

Assessment

Linear assessment takes places the end of Year 11 and comprises of three written papers, the total qualification mark is 168, of which 8 marks are for spelling, punctuation, grammar and useof specialist terminology (SPaG).

  • Paper 1 lasts 1 hour 15 minutes (30% – 52 marks)
  • Paper 2 last 1 hour 45 minutes (40% – 64 marks)
  • Paper 3 lasts 1 hour 20 minutes (30% – 52 marks)

Students are required to meet the following assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Recall, select and communicate their knowledge and understanding of history.
  • AO2: Demonstrate their understanding of the past through explanation and analysis of:
    • Key concepts: causation, consequence, continuity, change and significance within a historical context
    • Key features and characteristics of the periods studied and the relationships between them.
  • AO3: Understand, analyse and evaluate:
    • A range of source material as part of a historical enquiry
    • How aspects of the past have been interpreted and represented in different ways as part of a historical enquiry.

Content

Pupils will study the following topics:

  • Paper 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).
  • Paper 2: British depth study – Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40
  • Period Study – Conflict in the Middle East, 1945–95
  • Paper 3: Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–3

Half Termly Topics

  • HT1: History Skills such as source analysis, change and continuity, historical significance
  • HT2: Paper 1 thematic study – Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present
  • HT3: Paper 1 thematic study – Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present
  • HT4: Paper 1 historic environment Whitechapel, 1870–c1900: crime and policing
  • HT5: Paper 1 historic environment Whitechapel, 1870–c1900: crime and policing
  • HT6: Paper 2 British depth Study – Henry VIII and his ministers

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