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Qualification: GCSE 

Head of Department:
Mr Steve Brown

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There are three examination papers:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment - worth 30% of total marks
Medicine in Britain c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

Paper 2 : Period study and British depth study – worth 40% of total marksEarly Elizabethan England, 1558-88; and Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91.

Paper 3: Modern depth study – worth 30% of total marks
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.

Throughout the course, emphasis is placed on a combination of factual knowledge and the skills required to allow students to process that knowledge, in addition to developing the ability to put forward a convincing case. These skills include:

  • The selection and deployment of relevant evidence.
  • The understanding of why events occurred and the changes they brought about.
  • The interrogation and analysis of source material.
  • The explanation of conflicting historical interpretations.
  • The construction of well supported arguments to make reasoned judgements.

During the course there are opportunities to take part in two 4-day trips:

1. France and Belgium, to experience the many Battlefields and memorials of both World Wars, or

2. A tour of Berlin to witness the scenes of Hitler’s rise to, and fall from power in Weimar and Nazi Germany.


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