History – FAQ

What topics and assessments will students complete?

Students studying GCSE History will complete the new AQA GCSE specification to be first examined in 2017. The topics students will complete divided into two sections

Paper 1 is titled Understanding the Modern World, of which students will learn the content for Section A titled Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship, and section B titled Wider World tensions from 1894-1918.

Paper 2 is titled Shaping the Nation, of which students will learn the content for the thematic study in Section A  titled Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day and for Section B will learn the content for Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

The assessment for history is fully examined with no coursework. Paper 1 is 50% of the GCSE and Paper 2 is 50% of the GCSE.

What skills will students develop?

The course is designed to develop a number of important skills for students completing the GCSE and some of these are:

  • acquiring a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies
  • engaging directly with questions and presenting independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed and effectively supported by relevant evidence
  • evaluating critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and the opinions of more recent historians to understand their worth to historical investigation.

What independent learning will students be expected to do?

Students will be set regular homework on showmyhomework and through other means to develop their work outside of class. To become an academic of history, the department wants each student to undertake an a scholarly attitude to their GCSE and read content around the subject undertaken by asking their teacher what to read? Where to find more material and is their relevant documentaries to their studies.

What career opportunities can History lead to?

Typical careers that history can lead to are teaching or professional historical research, as well the discipline can typically lead to careers in archive and heritage.

Other career paths the discipline can lead to are politics, media, business and marketing, law and advertising.

What are the special features of the course?

In the past the department have ran trips to the World War One battlefields in the Somme. Students have been taken to Berlin and have visited Auschwitz. As well, the department has led trips to the national Holocaust centre and in return students have spoken at TGAR with actual Holocaust survivors.