Key Stage 4
A new course offering excellent resources and teaching: Welcome to History @ GCSE.
|AQA GCSE History||Assessment Method||% of Specification||Length and Marks|
Paper 1 Section A Period studies
|Exam||50%||1 hour 45 mins - 84 marks|
|Paper 2 Section A Thematic Studies
Paper 2 Section B British Depth Studies
|Exam||50%||1 hour 45 mins - 84 marks|
Content Coverage/Key Questions
1B Germany, 1890-1945
This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.
Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in influencing change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact the developments had on them.
Part One: Germany and the Growth of Democracy
Part Two: Germany and the Depression
Part Three: The experiences of Germans under the Nazis
Conflict and Tension, 1894 – 1918
This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of the Great Powers and other states. It focuses on the causes, nature and conclusion of the First World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred, and why it proved difficult to bring the war to a conclusion. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and how they were affected by and influenced international relations.
Part One: The Causes of the First World War
Part Two: The First World War: Stalemate
Part Three: Ending the War
2A Britain: Power and the People: c1170 to the present day
This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of protest to that relationship. By charting the journey from feudalism and serfdom to democracy and equality, it reveals how, in different periods, the state responds to challenges to its authority and their impact. It allows students to construct an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the citizen.
Students will have the opportunity to see how ideas, events or developments in the wider world affected the course of Britain's political development and will promote the idea that ideas of authority, challenge and rights did not develop in isolation, but these developments should be seen in terms of how they affected Britain and British people.
Students will study the importance of the following factors:
Students will study how factors worked together to bring about particular developments at a particular time and their impact upon society.
Students will develop an understanding of the varying rate of change, why change happened when it did, whether change brought progress, and the significance of the change(s). They should also be able to distinguish between different types of causes and consequences, e.g. short/long-term causes, intended/unintended consequences.
This option focuses on the following questions:
Part One: Challenging Authority and Feudalism
Part Two: Challenging Royal Authority
Part Three: Reform and Reformers
Part Four: Equality and Rights
Norman England, c1066 – c 1100
This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.
Part One: The Normans: Conquest and Control
Part Two: Life under the Normans
Part Three: The Norman Church and Monasticism
Part Four: The Historic Environment of Norman England
The historic environment is 10% of the overall course which equates to approximately 12 hours out of 120 guided learning hours.
Students will be examined on a specific site in depth. This site will be as specified and will be changed annually. The site will relate to the content of the rest of this depth study. It is intended that study of different historic environments will enrich students’ understanding of Norman England.
We believe in the importance of learning from history. That's why we've chosen a specification that enables students to study different aspects of the past, so they can engage with key issues such as conflict, understand what drives change and how the past influences the present. Building on the skills and topics at Key Stage 3, the GCSE will equip students with essential skills and prepare them for further study.
We look forward to working with you to achieve the results you want…
Trips: There will be a trip to Berlin in February 2017.