History GCSE

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Studying History has really made me think!  I feel that doing History has given me the skills I need to suceed in life.

Ideal Student: 

Students with a genuine interest in History and its stories 
who want the opportunity to study a fascinating subject in more depth and detail. Those who would enjoy the opportunity to learn in an active, varied way.  Recommended entry requirement is a 5 or above in all core subjects

Course Outline: 

Why study history? Well, simply stated, everything has a history, whether we like it or not. Even history itself has a history. Try hard as we might, we can't escape the past. We can't let go of the past. And we celebrate the past all the time. You may also have heard that everything repeats itself and therefore we can learn from our mistakes. The purpose of historical inquiry is not simply to present facts but to search for an interpretation of the past. Historians attempt to find patterns and establish meaning through the rigorous study of documents and artifacts left by people of other times and other places. History makes people ask questions and think for themselves.

Teaching and Learning Style: 

Historians learn to work independently. The study of History develops the critical thinking skills that are essential to every 21st century citizen and worker.

Assessment: 

We are following the WJEC Syllabus.
There is no coursework or controlled assessment, with the entire course being assessed through exams at the end of the 3 year course in the summer term..

There are 2 components:
Component 1: Study in Depth (50% of qualification)
Written examinations: 2 hours (split into two papers of 1 hour duration each)
This component is in two parts:
One British Study in Depth:
1B. The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603

One non-British Study in Depth:
1G. Germany in Transition, 1919-1939
 
Component 2: Study in Breadth (50% of qualification)

Written examinations: 2 hours, split into two papers

This component is in two parts:
One Period Study:
2A. The Development of the USA, 1929-2000

One Thematic Study:
2F. Changes in Health and Medicine, c.500 to the present day

The requirement to study an historic site is part of the Thematic Study.

Extra Curricular Opportunities: 

2 trips throughout the course.

Complementary Courses: 

Other Humanities options, Drama, English, Technology.