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Lead Teacher - Miss M Evans
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Qualification - GCSE
Level - Grades 9 - 1
Lessons per fortnight - 5

Course Outline

Both medieval and modern history is studied for GCSE History.

Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

This topic investigates crime, punishment, and law enforcement from the Anglo-Saxon era to the modern day. Students look at how these topics changed and stayed the same throughout the different time periods and the reasons for this. Some areas of history covered include the witch craze, the Gunpowder Plot, and the abolition of the death penalty. Alongside this students undertake an in-depth study into Whitechapel in the Victorian era, looking at what life was like for the different groups living there and the crimes that occurred, for example the Jack the Ripper murders.

Early Elizabethan England

This is a British depth study which gives students the opportunity to study the Elizabethan era in more detail. We look at religion, society, education, navigation and exploration, as well as key events like uprisings and the Spanish Armada.

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

This topic looks at the relationship between the USA and the USSR during the time of the Cold War. Students evaluate the increasing and decreasing tension, as well as studying the causes and consequences of key events. These events include the Yalta and Potsdam conferences, the Arms Race, the building of the Berlin Wall, and the Cuban Missile Crisis.

USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

Students study this topic in two sections, with the 'at home' section looking at the Civil Rights Movement in America, and the 'abroad' section looking at the war in Vietnam. When studying the American Civil Rights Movement students investigate the amount of progress that is made in the movement over this time period and the different events that contribute to this, such as Martin Luther King Jnr and the Montgomery Bus Boycott. The Vietnam War gives students the opportunity to study the increasing involvement of America in Vietnam and how and why this changes with Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon.

Exam Details 

100% exams
Three exams on the four topics at the end of year 11. 

Career Progression

By studying History at GCSE you will be picking up a range of skills that will be useful for virtually any job. You will learn:

  • how people think and what motivates them; 
  • to gather information of all different kinds and check if it is biased or unreliable; 
  • to analyse and evaluate people and events; 
  • how to communicate clearly and learn to express yourself bother verbally and on paper. 

Typical careers that you can into with History degree are Law, Journalism, the Media, Teaching, Politics, the Armed Forces, Social Work, the financial sector and working in museums. 

Subject Links 

History complements Geography, English Language and English Literature, and Religious Studies. 

Further Requirements

There are no further requirements.