History – AQA

(English Baccalaureate contributing subject)

You will follow the AQA GCSE History Course, which will provide you with a varied experience of history through interesting topics from the medieval period up to and including the 20th century.

You will be expected to read widely, write fluently, meet deadlines, make an active and positive contribution in lessons and above all, work hard!

What will I learn?

The course consists of four modules:

  1. Modern world period study Germany, 1890 – 1945: Democracy and – Dictatorship
  2. Wider world depth study Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972
  3. Thematic study present day Britain: Health and the People: c.1000 –
  4. British depth study Norman England 1066 – c.1100, also to include a    historical environment study

How am I assessed?

All assessments will come in the form of examinations done at the end of year 11.

Each paper contributes 50% to the final grade.

  • Paper One: Germany 1890-1945 and Conflict and Tension 1945-1972
  • Paper Two: Britain Health and the People and Norman England 1066 – c.1100

What skills will I develop?

A GCSE in History will also help you to develop key skills valued by employers and universities.  These include becoming an independent thinker, being capable of investigation and researching information, using evidence effectively by being selective and how to evaluate evidence in order to reach a conclusion.  You will also learn the arts of oral debate, expressing a convincing argument and problem solving, as well as gaining (perhaps the greatest asset of all) a deeper understanding and insight into people and the world around us.

All of these skills are useful in job areas such as Law, Journalism, Market Research, Media, Teaching, Archaeology, Conservation, Architecture, the Civil Service, Economics, the Police, Publishing and Social Work.

GCSE History would suit students who:

  • Have a passion for learning about the past.
  • Enjoy exploring and explaining historical issues in detail.
  • Are able to process and learn a range of facts.
  • Have a keen interest in how the past has shaped the world we live in today.
  • Can debate issues and reach a judgement without being blind to other opinions.
  • Can express their ideas through their written work and communicate these clearly.

Any questions?  See MR C LENTON