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Qualification: History GCSE
Examination Board: OCR

History is key to understanding why we live like we do, how our country is run, why we have the laws and freedoms we do and why peoples and countries across the world are so different. It teaches us to look for evidence to support what we say and challenges us to look beyond our communities into the wider world.

Is the course right for you?

History develops skills such as analysis, evaluation, enquiry, research, communication and decision making and teaches you to justify your arguments and conclusions.

It is the right subject for you if you have an interest in how Britain and the wider world have been shaped over the last 1000 years. If you’ve enjoyed KS3 History it would be a good match for you. Topics are varied – there will be some you like more than others – but you are bound to find something you like.

What does the course involve?

The course will give you a broad understanding of British History from the Anglo-Saxons to today, and a deeper knowledge of International Relations in the 20th Century.

You will have already covered some of the topics in Key Stage 3 so when you do them again, in more depth, you will know some of the basics giving you confidence and allowing you to get to grips with topics quickly.

Unit 1      International Relations 1918-2001.

               Depth Study: Germany 1925-1955 (the People and the State).

Unit 2      Power Monarchy and Democracy in Britain 1000-2014.

Unit 3      The English Reformation 1520-1550.

               Castles: Form and Function 1000-1750.

What about controlled assessments and exams?

100% examination – three examination papers are taken at the end of year 11.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

You can go on to study A Level History at John Cleveland Sixth Form if you achieve a good pass or above.

The skills you will develop are essential for many career paths and higher study. If you are considering working in law, politics, journalism, the Civil Service or education it is a good foundation. It can also lead into careers such as archaeology and of course, teaching!

It is useful for those of you going into the sciences or arts, as well as the humanities and social sciences. You will develop the ability to look at information, put it into context, make sense of it and explain it to others. Any degree course or research job would look favourably at History on your CV – it tells prospective employers you have a lot of skills!

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