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History at Kingsthorpe College

Course description

Why study History at GCSE?
History helps you to develop the skills of communication, working with others, problem solving, critical thinking, organising and evaluating information and drawing conclusions. History is a broad subject that enables you to acquire the skills employers look for: the ability to assess, analyse, communicate, write reports and make presentations. History can lead to careers in areas such as law, journalism and education

Course content

What do students study in History GCSE?

1 - Germany 1919 - 1945 (exam course - depth study)
This unit explores the reasons behind the collapse of democracy in Germany and the rise of Hitler and the Nazi Party, as well as life inside the Third Reich for different groups of society.

2 - Crime and Punishment through Time (exam course - development study)
The final unit of the GCSE course allows students to explore a theme over time. This unit looks at attitudes to crime and punishment from the Romans to the Twentieth Century, including topics such as witchcraft, highway robbery, the death penalty, prisons and the police

3 - Controlled Assessment on EITHER:

Conflict in Northern Ireland (coursework - modern world study)
This unit helps students to understand the roots of the current situation in Northern Ireland to link past and present, and examines the events from different points of view, using media coverage of current events as well as analysing historical events.


Rockingham Castle (controlled assessment - History around us)
This unit is a site investigation allowing students to examine evidence for themselves to draw conclusions about change and continuity over time and the usefulness and reliability of sources of evidence.

How are students taught?
Students are taught in mixed ability groups
They receive 5 lessons a fortnight
Homework is set twice a week from a variety of tasks including research, extended writing, source questions, worksheets

How will students learn in History?
A variety of teaching methods are used in order to enhance the learning of all students including textbooks, worksheets, ICT, videos and DVDs, role play, group work, display work, research, source work and field trips.


How will students be assessed for their History GCSE?
Controlled assessment counts for 25% of the final grade
Paper 1 is a knowledge and understanding exam counting for 45% of the final grade
Paper 2 is a source based exam counting for 30% of the final grade

Further information

Who to contact with queries
Miss Attkins, Mr Powell, Mr Calen, Miss Jacklin, Miss White, Miss McDermott, Mr Kirby

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Kingsthorpe College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2015
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