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GCSE History

Why might you chose history?


You want to find out about the past and how it links into the present and
future.


You want to gain the English Baccalaureate.


You want to have excellent skills of communication, enquiry, research,
and argument which look good on your CV and to future employers and
colleges.


What are the key qualities you need to study History?


An interest in the subject.


A desire to prove your determination through revision and research.


A willingness to develop your written communication skills.


How is the course assessed?


3 written exams at the end of Year 11.


1 controlled assessment in Year 11.


Unit 1: Peace and War


International Relations

Unit 2: The USA 1919
-
41


Year 9 is a preparation Year.

We cover interesting topics that you did not have time to study in year 8, but
which will help you in Year 10 and 11, such as the
effects of the dropping of
the atom bomb
, the
Holocaust
, and the
development of police in England
.
We also help you to get used to exam style questions.


Nuclear Arms Race


The possibility of World War III


Superpowers


The Roaring 20s


Jazz,
technology, fashion


The Wall Street Crash


Economic Depression

Unit 3 A Divided Union? The USA 1945
-
70



Unit 4: British History

Crime, policing and punishment in England
c1880
-
c1990



Jack the Ripper


The development of Policing


The death sentence and how
punishments changed


Divisions between men,
women, black people and white
people.


The Civil Rights Movement


Martin Luther King.

GCSE

History

aims

to

help

you

to

acquire

much

more

than

knowledge

of

the

past
.

It

aims

to

enable

you

to

develop

skills

which

prepare

you

to

perform,

either

in

the

work

place,

or

at

a

higher

level

of

education
.


While

acquiring

a

knowledge

of

the

past

is

important

in

itself,

the

study

of

this

subject

will

also

enable

you

to

assess

the

significance

of

past

events

so

that

you

can

connect

them

with

the

present
.



The course will help you to do this with the following units:


Modular

Examinations

Unit

1
:

Peace

and

War
:

International

Relations

1900
-
91


Section

4
:

Why

did

the

Cold

War

develop?

1943
-
56


Section

5
:

Three

Cold

War

crises
:

Berlin,

Cuba,

Czechoslovakia

c
1957
-
69


Section

6
:

Why

did

the

Cold

War

end?

The

invasion

of

Afghanistan

(
1979
)

to

the

collapse

of

the

Soviet

Union

(
1991
)


Unit

2

The

USA

1919
-
41


Unit

3

A

Divided

Union?

The

USA

1945
-
70



Controlled

Assessment

Unit

4

British

History


Crime,

policing

and

punishment

in

England

c
1880
-
c
1990


Why

have

we

chosen

these

units?

At

TCS

we

aim

to

help

our

students

to

acquire

a

genuine

breadth

of

knowledge
.

GCSE

provides

a

clear

sweep

of

modern

world

and

European

history
.

It

aims

to

provide

students

with

a

secure

understanding

of

selected

periods

of

history

ranging

the

nineteenth

and

twentieth

centuries
.


Unit 1: Peace and War


International Relations

The development of the Cold War between 1943 and 1991


Have

you

ever

wondered

why

today’s

world

is

dominated

by

America

which

stands

as

the

only

remaining

superpower?

This

course

will

enable

students

to

answer

this

question

by

investigating

the

development

of

two

superpowers

which

dominated

the

second

half

of

the

twentieth

century
;

specifically,

the

USA

and

the

USSR
.

The

course

considers

how

the

nuclear

arms

race

came

about
.

It

explores

how

hostilities

between

the

two

powers

would

dominate

global

politics,

at

one

time

bringing

the

world

to

the

brink

of

World

War

III

with

the

Cuban

Missile

Crisis
.

Students

will

also

investigate

the

causes

of

the

collapse

of

the

Soviet

Union

and

how

this

has

shaped

the

political

world

in

which

we

live

today
.

Unit 2: The USA 1919
-
41


Is

the

early

twenty
-
first

century

the

first

time

that

we

have

experienced

a

financial

crisis?

The

simple

answer

is

no
.

This

unit

explores

a

time

when

America

was

experiencing

financial

disaster
.

From

boom

to

bust

students

investigate

the

causes

of

America’s

problems
.

How

did

ordinary

Americans

move

from

the

good

times

and

glad

rags

of

the

Roaring

Twenties

to

living

in

cardboard

boxes
.

This

period

of

History

considers

life

in

the

twenties,

from

new

fashions,

music

and

films,

to

the

gangster

of

the

age,

Al

Capone,

organised

crime

and

prohibition
.

Students

will

ask

why

the

good

times

came

to

an

end

with

the

onset

of

the

Depression

era

and

how

the

American

government

attempted

to

deal

with

the

crisis
.

This unit focuses on
European politics after the
Second World War and links
with the wider world.

This unit focuses on
America’s problems during
the early twentieth century.

The Nuclear Arms Race

Al Capone

Unit 3 A Divided Union? The USA 1945
-
70



Has

America

ever

been

a

united

country?

How

has

a

nation

born

out

of

conflict

continued

to

experience

conflict

amongst

its

own

people?

This

unit

explores

the

idea

that

America’s

history

is

characterised

by

division

and

that

the

twentieth

century

was

no

exception
.

Students

will

consider

the

changing

outlook

of

different

groups

of

Americans

and

how

these

groups

challenged

the

accepted

‘authorities’

of

the

time
;

specifically,

the

unit

considers

the

growing

fear

of

Communism,

the

Civil

Rights

Movements

including

the

Student

Youth

and

Black

Power

Movements

of

the

1960
s

and

1970
s
.

Unit 4: British History

Crime, policing and punishment in England c1880
-
c1990


What

have

Jack

the

Ripper,

Dr

Crippen,

the

IRA

and

the

Brixton

Riots

got

in

common?

They

all

had

to

be

policed

in

some

way

shape

or

form
.

This

unit

considers

the

nature

of

crime,

policing

and

punishment

since

the

nineteenth

century
.

Students

will

explore

questions

concerning

the

changing

nature

of

crime

and

how

it

is

tackled
.

The

development

of

forensic

science,

the

death

penalty

and

prison

reform

will

be

set

against

a

range

of

case

studies

such

as

Jack

the

Ripper,

Dr

Crippen,

terrorism

(the

IRA),

the

Miners’

Strike

and

the

Brixton

Riots
.

This unit focuses on
America in the late twentieth
century.

This unit explores the
changing nature of crime,
policing and punishment
between the nineteenth and
twentieth centuries.

Brixton Riots

Malcolm X

History

and

your

future



The

English

Baccalaureate


The

new

government

has

placed

great

value

on

the

subject

of

History
.

This

is

a

clear

message

that

has

been

sent

to

employers

and

colleges
.

History

GCSE

is

to

be

seen

as

the

Gold

Standard

of

Achievement

for

16

year

olds
.

Therefore

many

institutions

and

employers

will

be

looking

for

this

qualification

to

assess

whether

they

want

you

or

not
.


You

will

have

the

opportunity

to

receive

an

additional

gold

standard

qualification,

simply

by

choosing

History

as

one

of

your

humanities

subjects
.

Those

students

who

have

achieved

a

grade

A*
-
C

in

a

humanities,

MFL,

English,

Science

and

Maths

will

also

be

awarded

an

English

Baccalaureate
.

This

is

a

clear

message

from

the

government

about

what

is

important



it

is

no

longer

just

English

and

Maths
.

Receiving

the

English

Baccalaureate

not

only

makes

you

more

desirable

to

employers

and

colleges

in

England,

it

also

means

that

you

can

compete

on

an

international

scale

with

those

who

have

achieved

the

International

Baccalaureate

abroad
.



When

you

are

applying

for

jobs

and

positions

in

further

education

you

will

be

competing

with

students

who

do

have

the

English

Baccalaureate

from

your

own

year

group

and

those

in

the

years

below

you
.

In

a

generation

which

is

facing

harsh

economic

conditions,

it

is

vital

that

you

ensure

you

stand

out

as

the

most

desirable

and

qualified

candidate

for

what

you

wish

to

pursue
.



History

clearly

indicates

that

you

have

qualities

of

determination,

commitment,

focus,

independence

and

initiative
;

all

of

which

demonstrate

that

you

can

rise

to

a

challenge
.

These

are

the

very

same

qualities

that

employers

and

colleges

are

looking

for
.

5

GCSE

A*
-
Cs

is

no

longer

enough



there

is

further

emphasis

on

what

you

have

studied
.



You

will

be

expected

to

bridge

the

gap

between

the

demands

of

lower

school

and

the

demands

of

GCSE
.

This

will

involve

greater

responsibility

and

independent

learning

on

your

part
.

The

help,

guidance

and

support

of

your

subject

teachers

is

always

on

offer,

but

not

everything

can

be

achieved

in

the

classroom
;

it

is

but

one

part

of

your

learning
.



So

what

must

you

do

to

ensure

your

success?


The

most

important

one

of

all



HOME

LEARNING!

Since

all

learning

cannot

take

place

in

the

classroom,

home

learning

is

a

crucial

part

of

your

progress

at

GCSE

standard
.

Completion

of

homework

is

hugely

important

to

the

your

achievement,

and

that

of

the

group
.

Revision

is

an

absolute

must
.

This

course

contains

a

range

of

content

that

you

must

remember

for

the

examinations
.

If

you

are

going

to

succeed

in

this

subject

you

must

be

prepared

to

work

hard

at

home
.


Independent

research

History

expects

that

you

widen

your

general

knowledge

as

you

study
.

Read

around

the

subject

material

that

you

are

covering

in

class
.

You

will

be

required

to

present

information,

not

provided

in

lessons,

in

your

written

work
.

Watching

and

reading

about

the

news

is

another

way

of

widening

your

general

knowledge
.


Reading

in

general

History

is

a

written

subject
.

You

are

expected

to

write

at

length

and

in

detail
.

Your

ability

is

examined

according

to

your

ability

to

express

your

ideas

on

paper
.

If

you

are

to

succeed

you

must

expect

reading

and

recording

material

to

be

a

key

part

of

your

studies
.



Attendance

Attendance

at

every

lesson

is

a

fundamental

requirement

of

the

course
.

Success

in

this

subject

hinges

on

an

understanding

of

a

wide

range

of

content
.

If

you

miss

lessons,

you

will

miss

part

of

the

story

of

the

past
.

It

is

always

more

difficult

to

gain

a

secure

understanding

if

you

have

created

holes

in

the

story
.


The

History

Department

at

TCS

is

committed

to

your

progress

and

achievement
.

To

this

end

the

History

Department

will

provide

the

following
:



specially

crafted

lesson

materials

which

are

aimed

at

the

learning

of

your

group
;


clear

feedback

about

your

written

work,

examination

performance

and

general

progress
;


a

Parent

and

Student

Guide

offering

step

by

step

advice

about

how

to

succeed

in

History
;



revision

materials
;


revision

lessons
;


revision

sessions

after

school
.


If

you

have

any

particular

problems

or

issues,

or

simply

require

further

advice,

your

teachers

will

take

the

time

to

sit

down

with

you

and

provide

strategies

and

direction
.

How to analyse information.

How to make sense of
what you see on the
news.

Written skills

How to produce an
argument worth
listening to!

Research
skills.

History teaches us
about our past, so that
we understand the
world we live in now…

We can learn from the
mistakes that people
have made in the past
-

AND from the successes!

History helps you to
understand how and why
change comes about.

How to interpret information.

How to recognise links between
causes and effects.

History

is

important

for

many

careers
.

A

History

qualification

proves

to

employers

and

colleges

that

you

have

excellent

written

skills,

can

process

information

and

that

you

are

capable

of

independent

research

and

thought
.

This

is

extremely

important

for

students

who

wish

to

secure

a

good

career
.


There are many exciting careers that History can lead onto…


Lawyer


Journalist


TV Presenter


Archaeologist


Politician


Social Policy Researcher


Film writing and producing


you could be involved in making the next ‘Gladiator’!


Civil Service


Police


Television production and research


All of these famous people studied History…

Sacha Baron Cohen

(Ali G, Borat): Comedian

Gordon Brown:

Prime Minister

Ed Simons
:

The Chemical Brothers

Louis Theroux:

Broadcaster