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History

Level

GCSE

Exam Board

Edexcel

Website

www.edexcel.com

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. 

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.

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.

 

Exams

Students will sit three exams with most questions in the form of extended writing

 

Revision Guides

  • Medicine in Britain and Treatment on the Western Front ISBN: 10-1292169729 or 10-1510403213 or 13-978-1292169729 or 13-978-1510403215 
  • American West ISBN: 10-129216977X or 10-1510403264 or 13-978-1292169774 or 13-978-1510403260 
  • Early Elizabethan England ISBN: 10-1292169710 or 10-151040324 or 13-978-1292169712 or 13-978-1510403246 
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany ISBN: 10-1292169737 or 10-1510403272 or 13-978-1292169736 or 13-978-1510403277

 

 

Post-16 Choices

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.

 

 

Staff Contact

Mr A Harney – aharney@oxtedschool.co.uk