History - Options 2024

Course Specification:             Edexcel History GCSE  

Course contact:                      Miss C Woods – woods.c@whiteroseacademies.org  

Course Description: In History, students study in depth four key topics alongside developing the fundamental skills of being an historian. This includes source analysis, constructing and challenging interpretations and evaluating the past. Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the past; while gaining an understanding of how it has influence our present.

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What topics will I learn? 

Paper 1: Thematic Study and the Historic Environment

Weighting: 30% of the final grade

Topic: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c.1000 to the Present Day

Overview: In this topic you will learn how crime and punishment has changed over time. Looking at influencing factors should as attitudes, power of the Government and Church and technology. This topic also includes the Historic Environment which is an in depth case study of Whitechapel in London during the 19th century.

Paper 2 – Part 1: Period Study

Weighting: 20% of the final grade

Topic: The American West, c.1835-c.1895

Overview: This topic explores life in North America as the United States began expanding westward. Meeting individuals like Native American Sitting Bull to criminal mastermind Billy the Kid, this topic explores the making of one of the world’s biggest superpowers.

 

Paper 2 – Part 2: British Depth Study

Weighting: 20% of the final grade

Topic: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

Overview: You will gain an incredibly in depth knowledge and understanding of the life and time of Queen Elizabeth I. You will explore the problems she faced, both in Britain and abroad, and understand the wider society of the time.

 

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study

Weighting: 30% of the final grade

Topic: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Overview: Here you will learn about Germany post-World War One and how the problems they faced led to one of the most dangerous and destructive people in history coming to power. This topic will explore exactly how Hitler, legally, came to power in 1933 and what life was really like living in Nazi Germany.

What skills will I learn? 

AO1: Historical knowledge

AO2: Explanation and evaluation

AO3: Source analysis

AO4: Constructing interpretations

 

 How will I be assessed? 

Paper 1: Thematic Study and the Historic Environment

Weighting: 30% of the final grade

1 hour and 15 minutes

52 marks in total (36 marks for the thematic study, 16 marks for the Historic Environment) 

Paper 2 – Part 1: Period Study

Weighting: 20% of the final grade

Paper 2 – Part 2: British Depth Study

Weighting: 20% of the final grade 1 hour and 45 minutes 64 marks in total (32 marks for each paper)

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study

Weighting: 30% of final the grade 1 hour and 20 minutes 52 marks in total

 

Future Opportunities and Careers 

Students who study History often go onto study subjects including: Classical Civilisation, Politics, Law, Business, Sociology, Criminology, Psychology and many more. The skills gained, including analysis, building and supporting an argument and using evidence are useful in many of the above sectors.

 Further Information There are no tiers for GCSE History studies, all students sit the same paper. Although there is lots of discussion and debate within the History course, there is also a lot of extended writing. History can also be taken alongside Geography.