Why study History?
‘Everyone knows that history is only for really clever people!’ History is for everyone who is
interested in solving puzzles and developing an argument. Of course, you might decide to carry
on studying history until you are a university professor, but you don’t have to! History teaches
us about who we are and where we come from; you don’t have to be really clever to be interested
in that. Of course, you are expected to do a fair bit of reading and writing in history, but your teachers know how to make it possible for everyone to learn about the past, even if you’re not going to be a brain surgeon!
What will I study?
Unit 1: Medicine in Britain and the British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918; injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Unit 2: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88; Queen, government and religion, 1558-69, challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad and Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558-88. The American West, 1835-1895; The early settlement of the West, 1835-1862, development of the Plains, 1862-1876 and conflict and conquests, 1876-1895
Unit 3: The USA, 1954-75; conflict at home and abroad. The development of the Civil Rights Movement, 1954-60, protest, progress and radicalism, 1960-1975, US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954-75 and reactions to, and the end of US involvement in Vietnam, 1964-75.
What happens in lessons?
In Year 9, you will learn about Medicine in Britain and on the Western Front in the First World War. This will count towards 30% of your final grade. In Year 10, you will learn about Elizabethan England and the American West. This will count towards 40% of your final grade. In Year 11, you will learn about the USA, specifically Civil Rights and the Vietnam War. This will count towards 30% of your final grade.
How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: You will complete a 1 hour and 15 minutes’ exam worth 52 marks which will account for 30% of your final grade.
Unit 2: You will complete a 1 hour and 45 minutes’ exam worth 64 marks which will account for 40% of your final grade.
Unit 3: You will complete a 1 hour and 20 minutes’ exam worth 52 marks which will account for 30% of your final grade.
What skills will I need?
History is all about learning dates, you don’t learn useful skills…you will need to be able to confident in communicating both orally and in the written format along with be able to analyse and research events from the past. You will also need to be able to evaluate sources for both their strengths and weaknesses and draw conclusions, justifying them with relevant and supporting details.