GCSE History Year 11 Revision
In line with the National Curriculum, St John’s History Department aims to provide a high-quality history education that will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of British and World history, and inspire them to be enthusiastic and curious about the study of the past.
Pupils will be expected to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. Through the study of History, pupils at St John’s will be equipped with the knowledge and skills to help them to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
In year 7, students will attend 2 lessons per week, and will study the following topics:
Half-Term 1: History Skills
Half-Term 2: The Norman Conquest
Half-Term 3: The Middle Ages
Half-Term 4: Henry VIII and the Reformation
Half-Term 5: The Elizabethan Age
Half Term 6: Revolution and Restoration
In year 8, students will attend 2 lessons per week, and will study the following topics
Half Term 1: The Industrial Revolution, Empire and Slavery
Half Term 2: The struggle for Women’s Rights
Half Term 3: The First World War
Half Term 4: The Second World War
Half Term 5: The Holocaust
Half Term 6: Civil Rights in the USA
In addition, all pupils will be expected to complete three extended homework projects per year, based on their own research.
Edexcel GCSE History
Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment
Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present
Study of a historic environment (Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city).
How it's assessed:
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes 30%* of the qualification
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study
Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
How it's assessed:
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 40%* of the qualification
Paper 3: Modern depth study
The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.
How it's assessed:
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes 30%* of the qualification
GCSE History will appeal to those students who are enthusiastic and curious about the study of the past, and who wish to continue to develop their abilities as young Historians.
Students will be expected to take an active role in lessons, engaging with the subject matter and offering their own opinions and analysis. History is a literary subject which involves scrutinising and examining a wide variety of primary and secondary source material, so the course is best suited to individuals who enjoy reading and who are willing to take responsibility for their own research and revision.
History is an ‘EBacc’ subject, and is therefore recognised as one of the subjects which best develops the skills and knowledge that all students will require in later life. As well as suiting students who might wish to go onto to study History at ‘A’ level and University, the study of History provides students with skills that are applicable to wide variety of other subjects, and a broad spectrum of future careers.
Sixth Form Courses
Are enthusiastic and passionate about history.
Who want to develop their analytical and research skills.
Who are able to work independently and who enjoy reading
Who wish to pursue careers in areas such as education, law, journalism and banking.
Who wish to develop skills in debating, group work, public speaking and leadership.
Is this course for me?
This course will appeal to those students who:
Whilst it is preferable for you to have studied GCSE History, it is possible to take this course if you have good GCSE grades in literary based subjects. It is expected that students will have a grade B or above in English Language.
Programme of Study:
The History Course is based on units from the OCR History A specification.
Unit 1 British Period Study and Enquiry (AS)
Britain 1930–1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951)
In this unit a source-based enquiry sets up a period study on 20th Century Britain. It is assessed by a 1hr 30 min exam at the end of year 12. This unit provides 50% of the overall AS marks, or 25% of the total A level marks if the course is continued to A2.
Unit 2 Non-British Period Study (AS)
Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963
In unit 2, there is an emphasis on use of knowledge, and understanding and judgement. This part of the course also introduces learners to historical interpretations and ensures that they will become used to analysing and evaluating different views of the past. It is assessed by a 1hr 30 min exam at the end of year 12. This unit provides 50% of the overall AS marks, or 15% of the total A level marks if the course is continued to A2.
Unit 3 Thematic Study and Historical Interpretations (A2)
The Origins and Growth of the British Empire 1558–1783
Students will develop the ability to treat the whole period thematically, and to use their detailed knowledge of the depth study topics to evaluate interpretations of the specified key events, individuals or issues. It is assessed by a 2hr 30 min exam at the end of year 13. This unit provides 40% of the total A level marks.
Unit 4 Coursework (A2)
Students will complete a 3000–4000 word essay on a topic linked to their earlier study of Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963. This will be assessed internally, and provides 20% of the total A level marks.
What will this course prepare me for?
As well as being a qualification to continue to study History at degree level, the skills acquired through the study of History are very much in demand. History is a good training for administration and large numbers of History graduates go on to posts in management requiring leadership. Many go to work in publishing, journalism and broadcasting, industry and commerce. You can also take specialist careers in teaching, museum work, archive conservation and library work.