Key Stage 4
Pupils follow AQA GCSE History B, Modern World Syllabus. The Syllabus is organised in the following manner.
During Year 10 pupils study three Depth Studies: Weimar Germany 1919 to 1929; Hitler’s Germany 1929 to 1939 and then Race Relations in the USA 1955 – 1968.
In Year 11 pupils begin by completing a study of Britain in War, looking at and comparing life in Britain during the two World Wars. A Controlled Assessment is undertaken as a part of this study and this contributes 25% of the overall GCSE mark. This is followed by a study of International Relations between 1945 and 2000 examining the origins of the Cold War, crisis of the Cold War and finally the collapse of Communism.
At the end of the course pupils complete two examinations that account for 75% of the final mark.
Key Stage 5
Pupils are entered for AQA AS and A level examinations in History. In year 12 students study Totalitarian Regimes between September and January. They are examined in this unit in January. This is followed by a study of Britain in the Sixties, a unit examining how our nation changed at this time, in particular focusing on social change. The exam for this unit is sat in the summer.
Year 13 students study Britain from 1951 to 2007, in particular investigating three themes, political changes, our economic performance and foreign relations. Year 13 students also complete an Individual Assignment of their own choice, covering a period of one hundred years. Students have completed investigations on many different issues including Korea in the 20th Century, Roman Britain, Conflict in Rwanda, the End of Apartheid and the Suppression of Witchcraft.