Curriculum aims

Learning and undertaking activities in history contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become: • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society.

The importance of history

History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past. Pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the world. They develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies. They investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day. As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, pupils ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements they make. They appreciate why they are learning what they are learning and can debate its significance. History prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.


What qualities/skills do I need to do this subject? Most importantly you need to have an interest in some of the key events and people who shaped the world in which we live today. To be successful in this subject you need be self-motivated, have good personal organisation and be prepared to take part in a range of debates and group activities. What will I learn? How will I be assessed? This is a full GCSE modular based course, which includes the following four units of study: A source enquiry examining key issues that divided The USA 1945–1970 including the growth and impact of the civil rights movement and student protests in the 1960’s (an external exam – worth 25%). An in-depth study of Germany 1918–1939, including life in Hitler’s Germany (an external exam – worth 25% of the final GCSE). A controlled assessment based on an investigation into changes in British Society 1955–1975. Areas include immigration, important social changes such as the abolition of the death penalty, changes in the family and the swinging sixties, youth culture, music and fashion (based on an internally marked assessment worth 25%) An outline study of key Cold War events eg Cuban Missile Crisis (externally assessed – worth 25%) What qualifications will I get? A single GCSE award in ‘Modern World History’ How can I use this qualification in the future? Which courses can I do? GCSE History provides an excellent foundation for further study on any Level 3 literacy based course; especially A levels and for progression to study at university. This is an academic subject and so will count towards the English Baccalaureate. Careers in History. GCSE History is a widely respected academic qualification. It develops a wide range of skills that are relevant for almost every type of employment. These include in particular: The Legal Professions, Teaching, Journalism, Accountancy, Psychology, Business and Administration, Human Resources and Trainee Management roles.