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Type of course:   GCSE
How is the course assessed?
2 examinations (1 hr 45 minutes each) worth 100% of course (50% each)
10% of the overall course is related to a specific historical site which is studied in the Norman England unit.
What topics/ units will you study?
Unit 1- America 1920-73 – Opportunity and inequality – Y9
Unit 2 – Conflict and Tension 1918-39 – Y11
Unit 3 – Britain: Health and the people 1100 to the present day – Y10
Unit 4 – Norman England 1066-1100 – Y10
Who would this course suit? What skills do you need ?
This course would suit someone who is intrigued by the past and how that can explain the society we find ourselves in today. The course is also suited to people who are ambitious, hardworking, dedicated and motivated to learn. For students to be successful in History they must be organised, punctual and have excellent attendance.
What trips/ activities will you be involved in?
There will be an opportunity to visit an historical site associated with Norman England.
What college courses/job opportunities would this help you follow in the future?
History students at GCSE mainly go on to study A-Levels at college in a variety of different subjects such as Law, Biology, Chemistry, English, Physics, Psychology and History itself. A-Levels in academic subjects such as these provide a sound basis for students to go into employment or continue with education at University.
How will this course help you to get a job?
A GCSE in History provides students with many transferable skills which can be of use in the future. The ability to look at different points of view and come to a reasoned argument, handle evidence and question its validity, interpret information in terms of how useful or reliable it may be are all skills which are useful in any setting. Most academic colleges expect a student to have a GCSE in a Humanities subject for this reason. A GCSE in History will also cultivate independent skills which are crucial for working life.
Who can you speak to for more information or if you have any questions?
If any further information is required please speak to a member of the History department.
Mr Sinnott 1W13 or Mrs Gater 1W15
What do students who are currently studying this subject think?
"History is one of the subjects which engages you in a certain way so to keep you wondering and make you delve deeper into the complexities of our past.  It helps you understand the situation we are in and provides tools to prepare us for the future."
Year 10 student
"I find it really interesting to learn about what's happened in the past and the events that've shaped the world today."
Year 11 student