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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
Students will investigate the impact of the Norman invasion on British society. In particular, this depth study will focus on the economic, religious, political, social and cultural changes during the period. Key issues considered include the events of the invasion, life under the Normans, the Norman Church, and a historical location in detail.

Britain: Migration, Empires and the People
This thematic study allows students to consider how Britain’s relationship with the wider- world have 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, World War I, its impact on Germany and the rise and rule of the Nazi Party, students will use a range of sources to explain the transitions.

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 foreign policy of Adolf Hitler throughout the 1930s. 

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?
Undertaking history will allow students to develop key skills that are sought after by a range of professions. The course teaches students to become critical and reflective thinkers, developing skills to help them understand the world using a more analytical eye. Their ability to research, explain, analyse, evaluate and communicate their own ideas will be critical in achieving success on the course. The skills they will develop will be transferable to many professions including, but not limited to, journalism, politics, teaching and the civil service.

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 -