GCSE History

“The course consists of four different studies in preparation for two examination papers.”

Qualification

GCSE

Awarding Body

AQA

Course Specification


Who to contact for more information about this course

Queries should be directed to Mr Lalor

Years taught

Year 10 and Year 11

What is the course structure?

The subject content for GCSE History states that the scope of study should include history from three eras:

 

  • Medieval (500-1500)

  • Early Modern (1450-1750)

  • Modern (1700-present day)

Learners will study topics on three timescales:

 

  • short (depth study)

  • medium (period study)

  • long (thematic study)

 

Learners will study History within three geographical contexts:

 

  • a locality (the historic environment)

  • British

  • European and/or wider world settings

What will I study?

The course consists of four different studies in preparation for two examination papers.

 

Paper 1, Section A – Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship

  • Part 1: Germany and the growth of democracy

  • Part 2: Germany and the Depression

  • Part 3: The experiences of Germans under the Nazis

Paper 1, Section B – Conflict and tension: the First World War, 1894-1918

 

  • Part 1: The causes of the First World War

  • Part 2: The First World War: stalemate

  • Part 3: Ending the war

 

Paper 2, Section A – Britain: Health and the people, c1000 to the present day

  • Part 1: Medicine stands still

  • Part 2: The beginnings of change

  • Part 3: A revolution in medicine

  • Part 4: Modern medicine

Paper 2, Section B – Norman England, c1066-c1100

 

  • Part 1: The Normans: conquest and control

  • Part 2: Life under the Normans

  • Part 3: The Norman Church and monasticism

  • Part 4: The historic environment of Norman England

How is the course assessed?

Paper 1 – Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship, and Conflict and tension: the First World War, 1894-1918

 

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

  • 50% of GCSE

Paper 2 – Britain: Health and the people, c1000 to the present day, and Norman England, c1066-c1100

  • Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes

  • 88 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

  • 50% of GCSE

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