Why Study History
Students will develop an understanding of the major themes and turning points over the past 2000 years of British History and be able to explain how countries such as Germany and America can dramatically change in a short period of time.
In doing so, students will develop their essay writing skills and an understanding of how to critique a wide range of sources.
History is valuable whether or not a student intends to pursue his or her study of the past beyond GCSE: the associated skills of organisation, analysis and argument undoubtedly also support any number of AS combinations – and help to prepare young people for the world of work.
What we study in History
Medicine in Britain, c1250 - present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
Students will look and change and continuity across a long sweep of history. Investigation of people, events and developments will show wider changes in society over the years. In medicine in Britain we investigate the question of why people today live much longer.
We also study the importance of the First World War in improving medical care. The warfare of World War One was unlike any seen before and pushed the British medical community to improve dramatically in a short space of time.
The American West, c1835-c1895
In 1840 the Great Plains of North America were populated by Native Americans. Huge herds of Buffalo roamed the grasslands. By 1895 the Native Americans had been removed from their homes to make way for the United States of America. The Indian way of life had been destroyed and those who had survived were confined to reservations.
Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
Elizabeth I is one of England's greatest monarchs – perhaps the greatest. Her forces defeated the Spanish Armada and saved England from invasion, she reinstated Protestantism and forged an England that was a strong and independent nation.
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
The failure of democracy in Germany after the First World War and the rise of the Nazi Party is one of the defining periods in modern history. The German people voted Hitler into power, after he had attempted a violent uprising.
Students will sit three exams assessing their knowledge and understanding of the topics we have studied, they will be assessed on their ability to analyse and historical sources and differing historical interpretations.
The GCSE History course feeds into AS and A2 History, where students go on to explore, in more depth, themes in 20th century British, European and World History.
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