History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.
Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. They investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.
As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, pupils ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyze different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgments they make. They appreciate why they are learning what they are learning and can debate its significance.
History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historical origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.
Exam Board: Edexcel
About the Course
Ever wondered why the modern world is like it is? Why there are wars and conflicts, and why there is more freedom in some places than in others?
In this course you will find out how some countries have become powerful and successful while others remain divided and weak.
You will find out why wars and revolutions happen in some countries and why people are prepared to take part in them.
The lessons won’t just involve taking notes or doing written exercises. We expect you to be able to research things yourself. You will use DVDs, excel spreadsheets, internet: – school history active games to develop your understanding. You will take part in debates and discussions and even role-play situations where your contributions will be important.
The Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in History consists of three externally examined papers.
The total qualification mark is 168, of which 8 marks are for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology .
Paper 1: Thematic Study and Historic Environment
Written examination: 1 hours and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification
52 marks (16 for the historic environment, 36 for thematic study)
Students will study the development of medicine, c1250—present and the First World War, 1914—1918.
Paper 2: Period Study and British Depth Study
Written examination: 1 hours and 45 minutes
40% of the qualification
64 marks (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study.
Students study Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.
Also the Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941—91.
Paper 3: Modern Depth Study
Written examination: 1 hours and 20 minutes
30% of the qualification
Students will study a modern depth studies:
The USA, 1954—75: conflict at home and abroad.
POST 16 subject specific entry requirements to study History related subjects.
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- A Level History—5/6 in GCSE History
- A Level Government and Politics—5/6 in History or a related subject.
- A Level Law— 5/6 in History or English Literature.
- A Level Religious Studies— 5/6 related subject
- A Level Sociology— 5/6 in related subject
- A Level Psychology—5/6 in related subject and 5/6 in Maths and English
- A level History- No specific subject criteria for other History related courses.
- A level Ancient History– 4 in English Language or Literature