GCSE History

Qualification Type:GCSE (1x)
Exam Board:AQA (Spec A)
Subject Leader:R Travis or R Evans

Course Description

Cowboys and Indians, the Weimar Republic, and the great plague – chose history to find out the who, what, where, when and why’s!

The History GCSE is based on important issues relating to you and your past.  It covers the history of Britain, Europe and the world in the 20th Century, from international and national perspectives.  Enquiry, investigation and interpretation are all skills which will be developed on this course and are key to your future too.

Medicine through time looks at things such as Disease and Infection, Surgery and Anatomy and Public Health.
It explores how the ideas and practices in the cause, prevention and cure of disease and infection have changed over time. Surgery and anatomy from the Ancient to Modern world war are looked into, with things like superstition and religion, chance and the role of the individual have changed medicine being studied too

One topic option explores the American West, how it was settled and developed between1840 and 1895. Conflicts that resulted from the clash of different cultures and lifestyles of Indian and white people, and between the different groups of white settlers are also studied within. 

The second topic option explores the Germany from WW1 – WW2. Starting with the aftermath of the Treaty of Versailles, how Hitler rose to power and took control. A focus on analysis and the reliability and validity of historical representations and source material is a key part of this GCSE.

Assessment Format

A combination of exams and controlled assessments centred upon both essay writing and source analysis.

The units and weightings are: -

  • Medicine through time, written exam - 35%
  • American West, or Germany 1914-1945, written exam - 40%
  • Historical Enquiry/Controlled Assessment (during lesson time) - 25%

Possible Progression (including careers and further education)

Jobs include clerical and administrative, museum and gallery curation are possibilities for GCSE History students. History is key in filtering information, supporting view points and developing critical thinking – important skills for many jobs.

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