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Type of Qualification

Edexcel - GCSE History



Course Content

History is an opportunity to understand and explain our modern society. In a fast developing world, History examines the causes, events and results of changes in a variety of times and places. It teaches students to think critically and challenge what they are being told to help them make their own independent, rational decisions. Throughout the different units of study, students will develop valuable historical skills of understanding complex human events. Students explain significant events and use evidence to support their reasoned judgements.

There are four units of study:

1. Crime & punishment in Britain, from 1000–present (Paper 1) Students will start with crime and punishment in the harsh and brutal medieval times. They will trace this thread over the next 1000 years to see how it has changed and stayed the same.

2. Early Elizabethan England, 1558 to 1588 (Paper 2) Students explore a pivotal moment in English history as the country transformed under its most famous queen. The unit begins with the religious, political and gender turmoil of the Tudors. It considers how England achieved a fragile stability and dramatically defeated a global superpower.

3. Superpower Relations, from 1941 to 1991 (Paper 2) This unit looks at how the two ‘superpowers’ of the USA and USSR dominated the globe in the ‘Cold War’ for five decades. Students will understand why and how the two sides went from wartime friendship to the brink of nuclear destruction. They will also see how this dangerous conflict dramatically ended with demonstrations of people power in 1989.

4. Germany, from 1918 to 1939 (Paper 3) Students will examine how Germany struggled through the 1920s before the election of Adolf Hitler and the descent into the nightmare of the Nazi dictatorship in the 1930s.


How is this course assessed?

There will be three separate exam papers at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 30%

Paper 2 40%

Paper 3 30%

There is no Controlled Assessment or Coursework.


Where will this course take me?

A Level History and Undergraduate History Degrees. Also compliments: English, Geography, Sociology, Psychology, Theology, Philosophy.

Careers Include:


Museums and Galleries, Historic Houses, Heritage Sites and Organisations, Conservation and Horticulture
Record Offices, Archives, Libraries and Universities
Archaeology and Architecture
National and Local Government, the Civil Service and the   Diplomatic Service, Teaching 
The Media and Journalism
Law, The Police and Armed Forces



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