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History Year 11


At Key Stage 4, students follow the Edexcel GCSE History syllabus. They are required to study five examination units as follows:-
1.      Modern depth study
Here students will study Germany 1918-1939.  This will include investigating the impact of World War I on Germany and the failure of the Weimar Republic.  Students will go on to investigate reasons for the growth and success of the Nazi Party and the impact of Nazi rule on German society.
2.      British depth study
In this unit, students will investigate early Elizabethan England.  They will look at the problems faced by Elizabeth I on her accession to the throne and how she dealt with these.  As part of this, students will investigate Elizabeth’s religious settlement, her response to threats at home and abroad, and Elizabethan achievements in the age of exploration.
3.      Thematic study
Here students will study the development of medicine and health in Britain from the Middle Ages onwards.  They will investigate the underlying factors which have promoted change and development in medicine and health over time.  This will also include looking at the impact of deadly diseases on the British population, including the bubonic plague and the cholera.
4.      A study of the historical environment
Students are required to study a historical location.  Here, they will study the development of surgery on the Western Front during World War I, including the development of advanced techniques used to deal with wounds caused by early 20th century warfare.
5.      Period study
In their final unit of study, students will look at the Cold War.  They will investigate the origins of the Cold War and trace its development, understanding and accounting for points at which the Cold War developed, and points at which relations between the two superpowers thawed.
The study of History is both important and engaging for students at secondary level.  Through studying History, students gain a sense of the past and a knowledge of the importance of historical events and their causes.  Their curiosity, interest and enjoyment of history is cultivated.  In addition to this, the subject equips students with the ability to approach their studies analytically and logically.  It also trains students to think and write coherently and confidently, developing their ability to adopt a viewpoint or reach a judgement based on evidence.  As such, it equips students with a broad range of transferable skills which are essential across the curriculum and beyond their school career.
Students’ work is assessed by examination.  There is no coursework.