Head of Faculty: Humanities Mrs B Parker
Teaching Staff: Mr P Sixsmith, Mrs V Power, Mrs S Mosam
Examination Board: OCR Syllabus Modern World A971/15 A972/21
Please click on the link at the bottom of this page to read a report on the recent History Trip to the First World War Trenches - 9th - 12th October 2011. Photos to follow shortly
This will be studied during six lessons a week. You will follow the new GCSE History B: Modern World examined by OCR.
The course will be well resourced both in terms of new textbooks and audio-visual material. There will also be the opportunity to take part in a number of visits.
Coursework is 25% of the final mark and there will be two examinations which are worth 75% of the final mark.
Paper 1: 45% of total marks: Examined in January
a) Causes and events of the First World War.
b) International Relations 1919-1939. (Causes of World War Two)
Paper 2: 30% of total marks: Examined in June
A source based examination based on a study of:
‘How was British Society changed 1890 – 1918’
Includes: Liberal Reforms, Votes for Women, Life in Britain during the First World War.
This will be a controlled assessment. It follows study of the USA between 1918 and 1941. Pupils will be given the coursework question a month in advance followed by 2 hours of preparation and 6 hours under test conditions to write the exercise.
Studying History to GCSE will help to develop the key skills needed for further education and which are valued by employers. History helps to develop literacy skills through research, investigation and the formation of balanced and coherent answers. Problem solving and debate is encouraged in order to learn and construct a logical viewpoint based upon reason and fact. In addition History helps us to develop an understanding of modern society and insight into the actions, experiences and lives of other people.
These skills are useful in all occupations and especially valued in careers such as architecture, business, civil service, law, journalism, media, marketing, teaching, police, personnel management, publishing and social work.