The GCSE syllabus has been chosen to provide students with a diverse experience of History; both in terms of time and place, and in the development of a range of historical skills The period study allows students to analyse an unfolding narrative of events over time.
In the depth studies (both British and World) students engage with complex issues over a short time period. The British depth study also incorporates a focus on a specific local historical environment (building or other location) which students will relate to people and events of the period. The thematic study enables students to understand change and continuity over a long sweep of history. A range of exam question formats will assess students’ knowledge, understanding, analysis and explanation skills. Students will also be required to analyse primary sources and historians’ interpretations.
50% 1 hour 45mins exam Paper 1 Understanding the modern world
- Section A Period study: America1920-73 Opportunity & Inequality
- Section B World depth study: Conflict and Tension 1918-1939
50% 1 hour 45mins exam Paper 2 Shaping the nation
- Section A Thematic study: Britain, Migration, empires & people c790 to present day
- Section B British depth study: Elizabethan England c1568-1603