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History is the study of the past, looking at different themes and concepts across a range of different periods of time. It is seen by employers as a traditional and valuable qualification due largely to the range of analytical, evaluative and communication skills the subject encompasses. The topics covered are both broad and diverse covering social, economic, political and international History that impacts on everyday life.
Year 11 Course Title: GCSE History 9-1 (2016)
Exam Board & Code: Edexcel 1Hi0 Full GCSE Course Specification (PDF)
Paper 1 - 30%
Paper 2 - 40%
Paper 3 - 30%
Exam Mark Breakdown
Paper 1 - 52 marks 30% weighting, 1 hour 15 minutes
(i) British Thematic Study (20%)
(ii) Historic Environment (10%)
Paper 2 – 64 marks 40% weighting, 1 hour 45 minutes
(i) Period Study (20%)
(ii) British Depth Study (20%)
Paper 3 – 52 marks 30% weighting, 1 hour 20 minutes
Modern Depth Study
GCSE Course Study Breakdown (Key Stage 4)
(Please note the course may not always be delivered in the following order)
Year 9 begins with a one-term introductory unit in the first term designed to prepare students for level content and key skills required.
Introductory Unit - The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad
Modern Depth Study - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
(i) British Thematic Study - Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000 to present
(ii) Historic Environment - Whitechapel, c1870–1900: crime, policing and the inner city
British Depth Study - Early Elizabethan England, 1558–8
(i) British Depth Study - Early Elizabethan England, 1558–8 (Contd)
(ii) Period Study - Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
Revison and Exams
Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8)
(i) What is History? - learning key Historical skills to investigate mysterious death of Mark Pullen.
(ii) Conflict - The Norman Conquest and the events of 1066.
(i) Technology - The change and development of castles over time.
(ii) Power and control - The Feudal system and challenges to power in the Middle Ages.
Thematic study - The changes and developments in Medicine over time with specific case studies.
(i) Movement, Settlement and Empire - examination of the British Empire with a specific case study focusing on India
(ii) Slavery - A study of the transatlantic slave trade and its impact on all those involved
(i) Technology and Conflict - A study of the causes, events and outcomes of the First World War
(ii) Global Conflict - World War Two and the Theatres of War
The social and economic impact of war - The Home Front 1939-45