At Key Stage 4 students study and prepare for the new Edexcel GCSE History examinations. The Edexcel GCSE course prepares students for the skills required for A Level History as well as other academic subjects, for the workplace, apprenticeships, and college by enabling students to demonstrate high levels of academic understanding and skills required to undertake a rigorous academic subject such as GCSE History.
Students study four units over two years which includes a historical sources unit as part of Paper 1 studying Medicine in Britain c.1250 to the Present Day, including a study of injuries and treatment of soldiers on the Western Front, 1914-18.
In Paper 2 students study in-depth the British early modern period of ‘The Elizabethans’, 1558-1588. Paper 2 has two parts and students study an early modern history unit as well investigating in-breadth a modern History unit investigating Superpower relations and the development of the Cold War between the USA and USSR, 1941-1991.
Paper 3 is a modern history unit investigating in-depth the history of Germany between 1918-39, students will answer questions explaining how and why the Weimar democratic experiment failed in Germany between 1918-33, leading to the subsequent rise of Hitler and the Nazis and the development of the Nazi state between 1933-39.
All assessments for the Edexcel GCSE History are by examination and all students will sit three examinations at the end of their second year.
GCSE Exam units taught at Key Stage 4:
Paper 1: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.1h 15mins
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study: ‘The Elizabethans’, 1558-1588. And Superpower relations and the development of the Cold War between the USA and USSR, 1941-1991. 1h 45mins
Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39. 1h 20mins
GCSE text books for students: