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GCSE History

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Why Study History?

The best reason to study History is because you enjoy it! It’s fascinating! Imagine a subject that teaches you about the most exciting things that have ever happened. It is also essential to learn from the past in order not to repeat our mistakes. Imagine a world where another Hitler might be allowed to rise to power. Other great reasons to study History are that it is an academic subject with an established tradition, and that it is well-respected among employers and in higher education. History opens doors.

Course Content & Development of Expertise

In GCSE History you will learn about Crime and Punishment through the ages, from the days of the Anglo-Saxons to modern policing techniques, law enforcements and punishments.  You will also focus on Elizabethan England and the Spanish Armada, examine the rise of Hitler and the evil of the Nazi state and investigate the circumstances surrounding the Cold War stand-off between the USSR and the West. These topics have been selected for their accessibility, interest, and relevance to contemporary issues. An extended reading library is available on request in J7. This will allow students to read beyond the textbook and challenge themselves by augmenting their historical vocabulary.

Career Pathways

Employers consider History to be one of the best subjects to demonstrate a potential candidate’s ability in critical thinking and argumentation. It is a subject that opens doors everywhere but is particularly well suited to the law, education and journalism.

Qualification Information

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Qualification: GCSE History

Awarding Body: Pearson Edecxel

Entry Tiers: One Tier


Assessment Structure

PAPER 1: Thematic Study and Historic Environment

Option 11: Crime and Punishment Through Time, c.1000-present

30% of total marks 1 hour 15 minutes

PAPER 2: Period Study and British Depth Study

This paper is divided into 2 sections:

Section A: Option 27: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Section B: Option B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88

40% of total marks 1 hour 45 minutes

PAPER 3: Modern Depth Study

Option 31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

30% of total marks 1 hour 20 minutes

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