History may be about the past but it should help students to understand the present! Studying history in Years 10 and 11 will allow students to acquire knowledge and understanding about Britain, America and Germany in the twentieth Century. They will investigate events and people, and, above all, develop their understanding of the need to look at evidence critically.
The department follows the AQA Syllabus B. For Paper 1 we study British and European history 1900-1939; for Paper 2 we learn about America in the 1920s and Germany in the 1930s. In addition all students do an historical enquiry on Britain at War (1914-1945) – this changes every year.
Students need to complete the following:
- An historical enquiry on Britain at War, worth 25% of the final mark
- Two exams, both of 1 hour 45 minutes, worth 75% of the final mark
Students will be expected to work both independently and in groups. Some lessons will involve note taking and written question answers, but role-play, games, poster design, whole class and small group discussion will also feature. Students will be expected to investigate, analyse and evaluate sources from the past including photos, cartoons, songs, statistics and written evidence. An optional fieldwork trip to Belgium and France and some of the First World War battle sites has become a very popular part of the course.
At the end of the course students should be able to:
- Think for themselves! (because they’ll be able to understand, interpret and evaluate a range of sources of information)
- Show factual knowledge about Britain, America and Germany
- Understand some of the key issues which have helped shape the modern world