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History

Introduction

The events of the past influence our world today – how we live, how we think and in what we do. Everywhere we look we see evidence of the past from ruins and stone circles to records and written accounts. Explore the world of Nazi Germany both before and during World War II, investigate how and why World War I and II started, analyse the Golden Age of Elizabethan England and see how Medicine has developed over time.

There is a saying, “History is written by the victor.” Is what we have been told what really happened? By studying GCSE History you will learn the skills you will need to find out for yourself.

What will you do?

You will explore the following periods of history in Y9:

  • Causes of WWI 1914-1918, life in the Trenches, Battle of the Somme and how the conflict came to an end.
  • The events of the Holocaust
  • Depth study into life in Germany 1890-1945, looking at Democracy and Dictatorship.

You will explore the following periods of history in Y10 and Y11

  • Medicine over time
  • Elizabethan England
  • Don’t worry there will be lots of exam practice!

You will develop the skills you have learnt in Years 7 – 8:

  • explaining events
  • using sources
  • detecting reliability
  • analysing evidence
  • reaching conclusions

You will further develop your interest and enjoyment in studying the past.

How will I be assessed?

In Year 11 you will have two exams:

  • Paper 1 – Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship and Conflict and Tension, 1890-1918
  • Paper 2 – Britain: Health and the people and British Depth Study (Elizabethan England c1568-1603)

What skills will I learn?

As a result of this course you will have developed a number of skills including:

  • collecting and sorting information
  • evaluating and being able to see through lies and propaganda
  • discuss and argue a point of view
  • reaching conclusions
  • problem solving

These skills can help you in a wide range of jobs including media, management, law, teaching, local government and business.

Additional activities

You will have the opportunity to visit:

  • Auschwitz, Poland – one of the internment camps of Nazi Germany or Berlin
  • London – museums.

How can History help me in the future?

There are various careers in history. Here are some examples:

  • Archaeologist
  • Archivist
  • Historical researcher
  • Museum work
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Tour guide
  • Tourist Industry
  • University Lecturer
  • Intelligence work
  • Law
  • Information work
  • Politics

GCSE History provides you with a suitable foundation for the continued study of history at a more advanced level e.g.

  • A Level History;
  • A Level Government and Politics;
  • A Level Law;
  • A Level Critical Thinking;

Also GCSE History teaches you the skills required for A Level Economics.

How do I find out more?

Ask Ms M Baker or Mr A Illingworth for more information and guidance.

Email: m.baker@oakwood.ac, a.illingworth@oakwood.ac

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