GCSE History

For first teaching from September 2017

Our GCSE History specification encourages students to consider the relevance of the past to gain a deeper understanding of the world we live in. Students have opportunities to learn about topics such as Hitler’s dictatorship, the Cuban Missile Crisis, civil unrest in Northern Ireland and the USA’s response to 9/11.

This revised specification balances factual content with developing students’ conceptual understanding and historical skills. Students analyze and evaluate historical sources to appreciate that there is not just one version of the past, but often competing interpretations.

Students develop key transferable skills that will be useful during further study and in the workplace. These skills include researching and organizing information, analyzing and weighing up evidence, and writing a coherent argument.

The exams are now single tier and contain a mixture of question styles, from short responses to essays.

Specification and Specimen Assessment Materials

Our GCSE in History is unitized, so it’s possible to take part of the assessment at the end of the first year of study.

The specification has two units:

  • Unit 1
    • Section       A: Modern World Studies in Depth
            

        • Option        1: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–45

 

    • Section       B: Local Study
          

      • Option        1: Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its neighbors’, 1965–98

 

  • This unit is assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute written examination paper that is worth 60 percent of the overall GCSE qualification.
  • You will answer five questions in Section A and six questions in Section B. The paper includes short response questions, structured questions and an essay question.
  • The paper includes source-based questions, short response questions and a structured question.
  • Unit 2:      Outline Study
    • International       Relations, 1945–2003.
    • This unit is assessed in a 1 hour 15 minute written examination paper that is worth 40 percent of the overall GCSE qualification.
  • You will answer six questions. The paper includes source-based questions, a structured question and an essay question.

 

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