Dyke House Sports & Technology College

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Course: AQA History GCSE

Assessment Criteria:

Students will sit two 1 hour 45 minute exams

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World (50% of overall GCSE)

  • PERIOD STUDY - America 1920 - 1973; Opportunity and Inequality
  • WIDER WORLD DEPTH STUDY - Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939.

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation (50% of overall GCSE)

  • THEMATIC STUDY - Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
  • BRITISH DEPTH STUDY Norman England, 1066-c1100

Grading Structure: A*-C (2017) 1 -9 (2018)

Exam board Website: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history

Course Specification: AQA History

Progress 8 Slot: EBacc

Head of Department:

Miss A Forsyth

Course Description:

KS3: Core Subject

KS4: Option Subject

KS5: Option Subject

In Key Stage three pupils study world and British History from 1066 to 1955. They study a number of units in each year which aim to develop their historical knowledge as well as improving their research and source evaluation skills. In this respect we also aim to complement the work on pupils' literacy skills which are developed in their English lessons. They complete six assessments in years seven and eight and nine in year nine.

Students will gain a broad understanding of the past as there are British, European and Wider World elements to the course.

The GCSE History content comprises the following elements:

  • one period study
  • one thematic study
  • one wider world depth study
  • one British depth study including the historic environment.

The AQA GCSE course provides pupils with the opportunity to analyse and evaluate primary and secondary source material. Furthermore, the course enables pupils to develop second-order historical concepts such as cause, consequence, change and continuity.

The course is demanding in terms of written response and in order to excel in history, pupils should be confident in their written ability.


Useful resource links:

Spartacus Educational

John d Clare

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