|No of Units: 4||Awarding Board: Edexcel||Course Code: 1HI0|
Paper One: Thematic study and the Historic Environment
Crime and Punishment through Time, c1000–present
Paper Two: British depth study and Period study
Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
Paper Three: Modern depth study
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
History GCSE is 100% external examination.
Assessment is via 3 externally examined papers.
This is a great opportunity to study a broad mix of different periods in History.
First, students study a thematic unit on Crime and Punishment through time. They also study the historic environment of Whitechapel, focusing on the notorious crimes of Jack the Ripper.
In the British depth study we look at Early Elizabethan England which is an opportunity to explore aspects of social history, such as Elizabethan attitudes towards the poor, alongside foreign policy (the Spanish Armada) and domestic politics (how Elizabeth secured her throne).
Our Modern History units include a modern depth study of Weimar and Nazi Germany, looking at the situation in Germany after World War One and how Hitler was able to come to power. Finally, we look at a period study of the Cold War and focus on the origins of the Cold War, crises of the Cold War and ultimately the fall of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War.
We find that History is a very modern subject, with many of the topic areas holding clear parallels to current situations and so we encourage our students to take an interest in current affairs to help extend their understanding. Students will investigate evidence critically and learn how to decide on whether or not something is of use to an historian. As such, it is a challenging subject and students should enjoy reading and writing and be prepared to develop these skills alongside their critical thinking through debate and discussion
History is a respected subject which employers recognise as being intellectually rigorous and important in teaching transferable skills such as working with and evaluating information, forming judgments and communicating complex ideas effectively.
History is relevant to careers such as Tourism, Journalism, Teaching, Banking and Legal careers, Accountancy, TV Research and many more.