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Why study History?

Through a study of History students will develop chronological understanding; knowledge of substantive concepts; an understanding of the historical process; the ability to construct historical arguments and an appreciation for the moral purpose of History. These will prepare students for many different aspects of their future. Those considering A Levels and University applications should strongly consider it as many Colleges, Universities and employers recognise and value the skills that you will have developed while studying History. History can be useful in many areas and not just those connected with studying the past, for example; Conservation work, environmental work, town planning, building restoration and tourism. History is also a superb qualification for lawyers, the Police or those interested in a career in politics,  journalism or TV.

Course Description

Paper One- Understanding the Modern World (50% of GCSE)

Period Study: Section A - Germany (1890 - 1945), Democracy and Dictatorship

Key Topics

· Germany and the growth of democracy

· Germany and the Depression

· The experiences of Germans under the Nazis

Wider World Depth Studies

Section B - Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950- 1972

Key Topics

· Conflict in Korea

· Escalation of conflict in Vietnam

· The ending of conflict in Vietnam

Paper Two- Shaping the Nation (50% of GCSE)

Thematic Study: Section A - Power and the People (1170 - present day)

Key Topics

· Challenging authority and feudalism

· Challenging Royal authority

· Reform and reformers

· Equality and rights

British Depth Study including historical environment

Section B – Norman England (1066 - 1100)

Key Topics

· Conquest and Control

· Life under the Normans

· The Norman Church and Monasticism

· The historical environment of Norman England