History at Key Stage 4 – GCSE
After you’ve fallen in love with History at key stage 3, it makes logical sense to continue the affair further up the school! Peruse at the magnificence of our Key Stage 4 curriculum below!
The course covers a broad chronology of British, European and world history through the 20th century. From the impact of the Armada invasion against England in 1588 through the rise and fall of Hitler and the Nazi regime to a world teetering on the brink of nuclear warfare, the History course examines human action on an individual and mass level, revealing positive and negative lessons the past has to offer us today.
Paper 1: British depth study including a study of the historic environment focused on crime and punishment and the British society from 1250 to the present day
Paper 2: A British depth study on the development of the English monarchy (Elizabethan England 1558-1588) and a period study on 20th Century international relations (The Cold War 1943-1991)
Paper 3: A modern non-British depth study focused on Germany between 1918-1939
The GCSE course revolves around the skills students have been preparing for since their time with us at St Crispin’s – Causation, interpretation, source evaluation, change and continuity and significance are all covered.
We begin with an in depth analysis of Elizabethan England and whether or not the period deserves its ‘golden’ title. Plots, invasion and domestic intrigue all form part of our student of British monarchy. This is followed by a study of the origin, events and ending of the Cold War – a conflict that would shape the future of post-World War Two global affairs.
Towards the end of the year, the disaster, recovery, ruin and rise that Germany faced after the end of the First World War. Students consider why and how Hitler was able to seize control and establish the grounds of a dictatorship capable of committing the most unspeakable of crimes.
Students continue to develop skills in preparation for their final exams, finishing the Germany unit before taking a thematic and broad look at the changing nature of crime and punishment from c.1000. This culminates in a case study of the problems and dangers associated with policing Whitechapel and the infamous Ripper case.
- EDEXCEL SPEC 9-1
All of the papers studied are taken as external exams taken at the end of Year 11.
Paper 1 is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and worth 30%
Paper 2 is 1 hour 45 minutes long and worth 40%
Paper 3 is 1 hour and 15 minutes long and worth 30%
In the autumn term of year 11, we take the British Tommies First World War advice and head to Berlin! 2 full days of touring for what we believe is one of the historical capitals in the world – make the study of unit 2a come to life! The Reichstag, Saschenaussen and the Olympic Stadium combine to make one of the most powerful educational experiences we can think of! We also plan a trip to the East End of London to walk in the footsteps of the notorious Jack the Ripper as part of the depth study on Whitechapel in Paper 1.
Alongside this, we run History Film Club termly to engage in academic debate about discourses in History, using historical fiction and academic literature alongside filmatic representations of History, titles include ‘Can warfare ever truly be represented on the screen’ using Robert Leckie’s ‘Helmet for my Pillow’ and ‘How effective are works of fiction and film at exposing different discourses about everyday life’ by studying Kathyrn Stockett’s ‘The Help’.