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History

History GCSE is a popular GCSE option. As such we endeavour to ensure students have a varied and enriching experience.  Throughout Year 9,10, 11 students build up their level of understanding of the content and develop the key skills they need to do well in GCSE History.  The exam board studied at GCSE is Edexcel.

Year 9

  • Introduction to GCSE History, investigation into key events in the Cold War.   This unit will look at key events in the Cold War such as the Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War. 
  • Treatment of wounded soldiers in World War One.  This unit builds on students understanding of World War One but focuses on how medicine changed during the war.
  • American West c.1835 – 1895 This unit looks at how the American West developed including why people migrated, what problems arose with law and order, and how this affected the Native Americans.
  • Anglo Saxon and Norman England. This unit will look at what England was like before 1066, the claims to the throne of 1066 and the battles of 1066. This unit will be completed in the autumn term of Year 10. 

Year 10

  • Anglo Saxon and Norman England. This unit carries on from the end of Year 9 with the shift now on how William Conquered and changed England.
  • Germany 1918-1939. This unit looks at the problems facing Germany after World War One, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and life in Nazi Germany. 
  • Students will also complete a weekly revision lesson simultaneously to their Germany unit.

Year 11

  • Medicine 1250-present day. This unit will look at the development of medicine c. 1250 – present, considering themes such as what causes disease, how it is treated and how the spread of illness can be prevented. 
  • Students will also complete a weekly revision lesson simultaneously to their Medicine unit.

Following the end of the Medicine unit we will review the Treatment of wounded soldiers in World War One unit taught in Year 9 before focusing on exam preparation for the summer exams.