Please see below some information about the course covered during Key Stage 4. You will also find more information about the knowledge and skills covered booklet in a hyperlink below. During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks’ to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go ‘beyond the expected standards ‘and providing additional challenge.
Student will complete their study of Elizabeth, and the course, in the first two terms of year 11:
AQA Reformed (1-9) GCSE
The GCSE history course aims to provide students with a broad knowledge of history. Students will cover Medieval to Modern History, and consider countries such as Britain, America, the USSR, and China.
It is important to remember that History is not just about facts and dates. It is a subject for anyone who wants to understand why humans have behaved the way they did in the past. This is a subject for anyone interested in the events that have shaped the world we live in today and a subject for anyone interested in solving puzzles, developing arguments and taking part in debates. Studying History will develop your ability to think clearly and logically, research, analyse, hypothesis, argue and criticise. This is also a subject which also allows you to develop your writing skills which will complement many other subjects in the curriculum. This GCSE is also seen as the ideal preparation for A-level and if you are considering choosing History at A-level we would strongly recommend that you study this course.
All the skills mentioned above are vitally important in all professions and this is why employers rate a GCSE in History highly. As well as the more obvious professions such as law, museum work, teaching, archaeology, many other jobs in journalism, civil service, finance, management and public relations actively look for people with history qualifications.
How will I be assessed: The GCSE is assessed by 2 exam papers, sat at the end of Year 11. Each is worth 50% of the GCSE and lasts 1hour 45 minutes. All students sit the same exam papers.
1B: Germany 1890 – 1945
- Germany and the growth of democracy
- Kaiser Wilhelm II and WWI
- Weimar Germany
- Germany and the Depression
- The impact of the Great Depression, the failures of the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazi Party
- Life in Nazi Germany
- Social and economic changes under the Nazis, Jewish persecution and the Final Solution, Nazi culture, opposition and resistance to the Nazis.
Conflict and tension 1945 – 1972
- The origins of the Cold War
- End of WWII, Yalta and Potsdam Conferences, the atom bomb, Soviet expansion, the Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan. Berlin Blockade.
- The development of the Cold War
- China and Korea, NATO< Warsaw Pact, the arms race, Hungarian uprising.
- Transformation of the Cold War
- Berlin Wall, Cuban Missile Crisis, Prague Spring, Détente, SALT
2A: Britain: Health and the people
- Medieval Medicine and the Black Death
- Renaissance Medicine, Vesalius, Jenner and vaccination
- The Revolution in medicine: discovery of germs, Louis Pasteur, Anaesthetic and Antiseptics, Cholera and Public Health.
- Modern Medicine: Penicillin, impact of WWI, technology and medicine, the NHS and Welfare State.
Elizabethan England c1568 – 1603
- Elizabeth’s court, her advisors, issue of marriage.
- Elizabeth’s ‘Golden Age’ and the Age of Discovery
- Troubles at home and abroad, including Mary Queen of Scots and the Spanish Armada
- The Historic Environment: An in-depth study of a specific site (e.g. Kenilworth Castle).