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History (AQA)

Why study GCSE History?
Firstly, it is really interesting and opens up opportunities to study all kinds of subjects in the future. The course allows students to develop sought after skills whilst investigate and further understand British society and the world around us. The subject challenges students to consider a range of factors that have influenced the world we live in today.

What does the course involve?
The course is divided into four sections.

Norman England c.1066-1100
How did the Norman invasion affect the lives of peasants in the villages? What impact did it have on the English Church? How did local government evolve over time? In our investigation, we will focus on these questions and more as we establish the lasting and important economic, religious, social and political impacts the Normans had on the history of Britain.

Britain: Migration, Empires and the People

This thematic study allows students to consider how Britain’s relationship with the wider- world has changed across the millennium. The focus is particularly on the ebb and flow of peoples into and out of Britain, considering their motives, achievements and the challenges they faced. The thematic element of the topic encourages students to distinguish between different types of causes and consequences, such as long-term and short-term, intended and unintended.

Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

Students will have the opportunity to investigate the radical political, economic and social changes that occurred in Germany over half a century. From the challenges Germany faced under Kaiser Wilhelm to the day-to-day impacts of World War II on German lives. This social history explores how life changed for the German people during this interesting period of time.

Conflict and Tension 1919-39

This topic investigates the breakdown of peace in the late 1930s by critically assessing the international attempts to lay the foundations for a peaceful future after World War I. Students will consider the long-term role of the Treaty of Versailles, the creation of the League of Nations to solve international disputes, and the road to war.

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?

Undertaking history is a huge but ultimately rewarding challenge! Studying history involves critically assessing politicians’ speeches, political cartoons, posters and extracts of history journals. The subject will develop our students’ ability to write long, flowing arguments that are substantiated with evidence and detailed knowledge. Students will also develop their independent learning skills as they complete their own research outside of the classroom to support their learning within. Whilst this will be a lot of effort, the skills developed will be highly sought after in particular in higher education and beyond.

How will I be assessed?
Students will complete two exams in the summer term of Year 11. Both will last 2 hours and consist of knowledge and source questions on the topics we have studied.

Who do I need to contact?
For more information, please email Mr Simpson - andrew.simpson@sirthomasfremantle.org