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History GCSE at St Olave's Grammar School

Course description

Four different topics are studied: a) Aspects of International Relations The Cold War, 1945-75: • Who was to blame for the Cold War? • Who won the Cuban Missile Crisis? • Why did the USA fail in Vietnam? b) Study in Depth Germany 1918 - 1945 c) Historical Enquiry – Modern World Study China in the Modern World d) British Depth Study How was British Society changed, 1890-1918? Throughout these four topics, there is a continuing examination of the work of the historian and how the past can be reconstructed. Examination: There are two written examinations: One on ‘The Cold War, 1945-75’ and ‘Germany, 1918-1945’, which tests candidates' knowledge and understanding of the facts. The other is an unseen paper consisting of several primary sources on an aspect of the work in the “British Depth Study: How was British Society changed, 1890-1918”, which aims to test candidates' skills as historians. 25% of the total marks which determine the final GCSE grade are given for historical enquiry. This is a piece of controlled assessment (this has replaced coursework); it will be completed in year 10 and will focus on China in the Modern World. Methods of teaching: The course is based on enquiring and problem solving in which examination of primary sources is of prime importance. Candidates will be expected to read widely and be prepared to discuss and participate actively in class. This GCSE course is demanding but rewarding. The impressive grades that pupils have achieved in recent years have been gained as a result of hard work on the part of both pupils and teachers. Relevance: The study of History as well as being enjoyable in itself, helps you to understand the complex issues of today's world. In addition, practise at evaluating evidence will make you aware of bias in present day reporting and enable you to come to more informed conclusions. This course has cross-curricular links with technology, politics, current affairs and moral education.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of KS3 at St Olave's

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Further information

Please contact: Mr Daniel Espeijo - Head of History Email:

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Olave's Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 22 March 2017
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