The content and requirements for History have undergone significant change in the GCSE reforms. The emphasis has moved from the study of a relatively short period of time to a substantial and broader study of content drawn from medieval, early modern and modern history, with assessment weighted to distinct historical principles in each of the separate modules of study. An interesting range of content gives pupils the opportunity to learn about and investigate the past in a wide and varied study designed to inform and stretch GCSE candidates. The study of history gives pupils an understanding of the past, helps them to make sense of their own world and develops critical skills.
Outline of syllabus
British Thematic study--Power: monarchy and Democracy in Britain c.1000 to c.2010.
Pupils will understand change and continuity across British history, including the most significant characteristics of different ages. This includes a broad sweep of time in which Britain is ruled by monarchs and which then develops into constitutional monarchies and finally parliamentary democracy.
A British depth study--The English Reformation c.1520—c.1550
This depth study focuses on the English reformation from religious, social and economic perspectives as well as the psychological impact of religious change on the ordinary people of England.
Non-British depth study--Germany 1925—1955: the People and the State.
Pupils will focus on the relationship between the German people and the Nazi regime that ruled Germany from 1933—1945. The depth study ranges from 1925—1955 in order to provide the context for the Nazi period in Germany.
Period Study--International relations: the changing international order 1918—2001.
Pupils will understand the unfolding narrative of substantial developments and issues associated with the twentieth century and thus contribute greatly to ‘Explaining the Modern World.’
A study of an historic environment--Castles: Form and Function c.1000—1750.
Pupils will undertake a study of Kenilworth Castle which will allow them to practise and develop their ability to use evidence effectively.
Assessment is entirely by examination through three written papers taken at the end of the course. There is no coursework.
A journey to the Battlefields of WW1 is offered in the fourth form. Pupils studying history GCSE are also encouraged to attend the History Society talks, given by visiting academics, writers and other professionals from the field of history.
Awarding Body: OCR Specification: GCSE (9-1) History A
(Explaining the Modern World) J410