Subject Leader: Mr Mark Bartlett

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AQA GCSE History

Students will be studying the new GCSE course being launched for 2016. This allows students to study a much wider course than in previous years covering both European and British History.

This course comprises of four elements over the two years. On Paper 1; Understanding the Modern World, students will complete a period study and a wider world study. On Paper 2; Shaping the Nation, they will   cover a thematic study and a British depth study. Both of these papers are examined at the end of Year 11 in two exams which are 1 hour and 45 minutes long, each worth 50% of the final GCSE grade.

Year 10

What are we studying?

Students follow the AQA syllabus at GCSE. In Year 10, two exam topics are studied which cover the Paper 1 requirements.

The exam topics are;

  • ·Understanding the Modern World. Germany 1890-1945, Democracy and dictatorship.
  • · Wider World study. Conflict and tension between East and West 1945-1972.

Year 11

What are we studying?

Students follow the AQA syllabus at GCSE. In Year 11, two exam topics are studied which covers all aspects of the Paper 2 exam. There will also be a revision programme for the final summer exams.

The exam topics are:

  • ·Thematic study; Britain: Health and the People c.1000 to the present day
  • · British Depth study; Elizabethan England c.1568 - 1603

How are we assessed?

The two exam topics are assessed formatively, weekly, by actual GCSE exam questions to develop technique and other history and skill-based tasks. Students are then summatively assessed at the end of each topic with a full practice GCSE question. For all GCSE questions, students use GCSE grade-criteria and receive examiner-style feedback to enable understanding and ensure student progression.

How are we grouped?

Students are placed in classes based on their option-block choices.

Some classes are mixed-ability and some are streamed based on students’ target grades.

What home learning are we expected to do?

There will be one home learning task set per week, which should take between 60-90 minutes to complete. In addition, students are expected to use their course text book to read through the sections covered each week to support their understanding and development of historical vocabulary. They should also complete additional outside research to supplement their class-based learning.

What can parents do to help?

Ask your child to explain the meaning of the historical vocabulary and concepts that are new to each unit.

Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their course text book.

Look out for historical articles in newspapers and watch TV documentaries to develop your child’s  understanding and awareness of historical issues and events.