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The History department aims to give all students an understanding and appreciation of the past, in order that they can become informed citizens for the future.   Through their study of History, students acquire vital skills for life and work, such as the ability to identify and explain causes and consequences, analyse and assess evidence, and reach independent judgements and conclusions.  A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to engage the students.  These include new ICT resources and software, role-play, feature films, discussions and debates, group work and investigations. There are also opportunities for field work in KS3 and KS4. To help them fulfil their potential students are regularly assessed and set targets for future improvement. 

At Key Stage 3 we study the History of Britain 1066 to the present day but also allow students the opportunity to learn about other countries and cultures through topics such as ‘Islamic Civilisations’, ‘The French Revolution’,’ Empire and Slavery’ and ‘The Twentieth Century World’.

Students may opt to continue their study of History at Key Stage 4.  Year 10 and Year 11 students follow the Schools History Project course, including sections on the American West 1840-1895, History Around Us and the development of Medicine and Public Health Through.

Subject Leader: Mr Staunton

GCSE History

Course Information:

History GCSE is about the most interesting thing in the world…...People!

What we study in this subject:

· Great inventors and scientists working tirelessly to solve the problems of pain and pus, sickness and sewage, disease and death.

· Doctors who drilled holes in the skull to cure headaches, or put chopped up pigeons on your feet to stop the Plague. 

· Children whose skulls were crushed and fingers mangled like jelly, as they crawled under factory machinery.

· Cowboys and cattlemen involved in gun fights, bar brawls and train robbery in the Wild West.

· The body, left frozen in the snow, of the Native American chief who fought to the death in an attempt to save his people's way of life. 


A wide variety of teaching and learning strategies are used to ensure lessons are engaging and exciting such as new ICT resources and software, role play, feature films, discussion and debate, group work, posters and investigations.  You will develop the ability to identify and explain causes, consequences and changes over time, analyse and assess evidence, and reach independent judgements and conclusions.  You will also get the opportunity to learn about History outside the classroom on site visits and field trips.

 

History GCSE will give you an understanding and appreciation of the past that will help you to become an informed citizen of the future.

Assessment Format:

History GCSE involves two final year exams (worth 75%), and three controlled assessments (worth 25%).   Throughout the course, regular assessment, target-setting and review will allow your teacher to monitor your progress, and help you to know what you need to do to improve and how to achieve your full potential.

Possible Careers and Further Information:

Through your study of History, you will gain vital skills for life and work. 
History can be studied as an A-Level, but also has great links to many other post-16 courses such as Journalism, Law, Media, Leisure and Tourism, Government and Politics, Business and Accountancy.
History can give you the skills you need, whatever the job you have in mind.  The following people have all studied History at GCSE level: Sacha Baron Cohen (aka Borat and Ali G), Chris Martin (Coldplay), Gordon Brown (Former Prime Minister), Mira Sorvino (Hollywood Actress), Eddie Izzard (Actor and Comedian).
Future employers will value the skills you gain from History GCSE and this will help you get the job you want.