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Year 9:

Year 9 History is taught thematically.  Students begin with a study of race relations from the 1700s to the present day.  They then look at key themes of the Twentieth Century; the impact of war, the changing role of women, the importance of individuals and a comparison of genocides.

Year 10 & Year 11:

Course Leader: Ms Goodwin

Course Description

History is a fascinating subject which will give you an opportunity to gain knowledge of the past and develop your ability to critically use evidence to come to your own conclusions.

Paper 1, Section A – USA 1920-1973

In this section you will learn about the ‘Boom’ years of the 1920s by looking at the economic, social and cultural developments, such as the Wall Street Crash, prohibition and the impact of the KKK.  You will then move on to study the impact of the Depression and the New Deal on the USA and we will finish this unit by learning about post war America including the civil rights movement and the fight for women’s equality.

Paper 1, Section B – Conflict and tension between the East and West, 1945-1972

In this section of the course you will learn about the origins, development and transformation of the Cold War.  The term ‘Cold War’ describes the relations between the East and West after World War 2 and includes a study of a variety of different events such the Berlin Airlift, the Space Race, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Berlin Wall.

Paper 2, Section A – Britain, health and the people, 1000 to the present day

This study of developments in medicine over time is the thematic part of the course.  You will learn about the importance of factors of change, such as war and science, on the discovery of cause and cure of disease, improvements in surgery and attempts by governments to improve public health. You will learn about a huge variety of gory yet fascinating events ranging from the Black Death in the Middle Ages to the impact of the First World War on plastic surgery in the modern era.

Paper 2, Section B – Norman England

This section is a depth study into the Norman Conquest of 1066, life under the Norman rulers for the Anglo-Saxons and the changes which happened to the English Church during this period.  The unit also includes the study of the historic environment, for which you will study a Norman building such as a castle.


Paper 1 and Paper 2 are both worth 50% of the final marks and are examined through two written exams of 1 hour and 45 minutes each.  GCSE History is a now a reformed qualification so is graded on the new 9-1 scale.