History today is not just a matter of reading books. You will look at primary sources such as diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts.
The History course is designed to develop your understanding of how the modern world has been formed and how Britain has been shaped as a nation.
History today is not just a matter of reading books. You will look at primary sources such as diaries, letters and eye-witness accounts. Film presentations, such as ‘The Untouchables’, as well as documentaries, will help bring each period to life. The main aim is to give you the chance to better understand the world around you.
A POTENTIAL set of topics (it will differ between exam board and topics chosen, so you could research this further) for the course are:
Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
This will be examined as a Paper One examination taken at the end of Year 11 and will account for 50% of your GCSE.
Paper one topics are divided into Section A and Section B
- Section A, period study; America, 1920-1973: Opportunity and inequality
- Section B, wider world depth study; Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975
Paper 2: Shaping the nation
This will be examined as a Paper Two examination taken at the end of Year 11 and will account for 50% of your GCSE.
- Section A, thematic study; Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
- Section B, British depth study including the historic environment; Restoration England, 1660-1685
During the course you will study some of the most interesting personalities and events in History, for example;
- Guerrilla warfare in Vietnam
- The Ku Klux Klan and gangsters in America
- President JF Kennedy
- The Black Death
- The creation of the NHS
- The Great Fire of London