Why study History?

History tells us everything we need to know about who we are and how our world has developed.  Understanding the past is quite simply the best way to make sense of the present and plan for the future.  The study of History supports the development of a wide variety of vital skills such as analysing evidence, identifying differing interpretations and forming balanced judgements.  The course we have chosen is interesting and engaging, giving students the chance to study the key developments of the 20th Century, particularly in international relations, which have shaped the world in which we live. 

What does it prepare me for in the future?

The History GCSE will teach you to think carefully about the judgements you make, the evidence you use to support them and the way in which you communicate them.  It prepares you for History A Level, but also develops skills you will find useful in many other subjects.  History forms part of the EBACC and is highly regarded by many universities.  Students of history go on to careers in education, journalism, law and many other professions. 

What will I learn?

Unit 1 – International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the 20th Century

Focus: Peacekeeping after the First World War, the origins of the Second World War and the development of the rivalry between the USA and the USSR after 1945.

Unit 2 – Twentieth Century Depth Studies

Focus: Germany and the USA between the two world wars.  This includes the rise to power of Hitler and life in Nazi Germany, as well as boom and bust in the USA and the Great Depression.

Unit 3 – The British People at War

Focus: Historical enquiry about the experiences of the British people during the First and Second World Wars.  Recent enquiries have included studying the effects of bombing raids in both wars, the experiences of evacuation and the causes and effects of rationing. 

What skills will I acquire?

History students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of the key events and changes in 20th Century.  They will study a variety of source materials, including text, pictures and statistical information.  Students will demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate source material.  They are also required to communicate effectively, including through extended pieces of writing. 

How is it assessed?

Unit 1 Written Examination 37.5%
Unit 2 Written Examination 37.5%
Unit 3 Controlled Assessment 25%