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Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 we teach 3 hours a week to Year 10 and Year 11. We follow the OCR exam board and the Schools' History Project GCSE. This involves a thematic breadth study in 'Medicine Through Time' and then a depth study in 'The American West', 1840-1895. British History is intrinsically taught through the 'Medicine Through Time' unit and pupils frequently hear about how many Great Britons have contributed over time to the development of this important aspect of modern life. 'Medicine Through Time' accounts for 50% and 'The American West', 1840-1895 accounts for 25% of the course.

We also study the Arab-Israeli Conflict with the aim of writing a 2,000 word essay. This is internally moderated by class teachers and externally assessed by the exam board and accounts for 25% of the course. The question and source investigation foci changes each year and is set by the department in negotiation with OCR.

There are 2 externally assessed examinations in GCSE History, both held at the end of Year 11.#

  • Paper 1 - 45% (knowledge): Medicine Through Time and the American West, 1840-1898
  • Paper 2 - 30% (source skills): Public Health in Britain, 1800-1914
  • Paper 3 - 25% (controlled assessment/coursework): The Arab-Israeli Conflict

 

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Download a checklist from Firefly of all of the areas of subject knowledge that they need to have acquired by the end of Year 11. Students should use this to RAG rate (Red, Amber, Green) their areas of strength and weakness over time, especially in the build up to the Year 10 and Year 11 mock exams and the final exams in Year 11.

Additional information

Year 10

NEW Specification AQA GCSE History (8145) 1-9

Term 1 Topics: USA 1920-1973

Term 2 Topics: USA 1920-1973/ Conflict and tension between east and west 1945-1972

Term 3 Topics: Conflict and tension between east and west 1945-1972

Year 11

NEW Specification AQA GCSE History (8145) 1-9

Term 1 Topics: Elizabethan England 1586-1603

Term 2 Topics: Britain: Health and the people, c1000 to the present day

Term 3 Topics: Britain: Health and the people, c1000 to the present day/ Revision

Useful Links:

Paper 1: Medicine Through Time:

Paper 1: The American West:

Paper 2: Public Health

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