The GCSE History course gives you the opportunity to learn about real people: you
understand what motivates people and what they think and feel. If you like people, you should like history. History has made our world what it is and is also part of your future.
History will enable you to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly and to express your own opinions. Studying History helps you make sense of most other subjects, and understand the origins of modern political and social problems as well as the world in which we live.
Students will develop the ability to analyse and evaluate historical problems as well as interpret many different types of data: written, pictorial, graphical and numerical. Students will also learn to consider two sides of an argument and reach a substantiated judgement.
What will I study?
Thematic Study and Historical environment
For this paper you will study the history of medicine in Britain from 1250 to the present day and the British sector of the Western Front 1914–1918. You will look
at the main changes in medicine from the Middles Ages to today and the reasons for this change including church, government, individual genius and war.
Period Study and British Depth study
You will study Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, including both the Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings as well as the rebellions against William, the Domesday book and the feudal system.
You will also study a second unit for this paper: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–1991. You will look at ideological differences between Stalin,
Truman and Churchill; The Berlin Wall and the Cuban Missile Crisis amongst other events.
Modern Depth study – Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
You will study the problems Germany faced after World War I, the development of the Nazi party, Hitler’s rise to power as well as investigations into life in Nazi Germany from different perspectives.