History is an exploration of the past in which the lessons and themes discovered can be applied to situations both today and the future as well. It is the narrative of epic struggles; of influencial individuals; of pressure from the masses. History is understanding the complex interactions that have created the world we have inherited. By examining this light from within the distant darkness, not only does our knowleldge of the past grow but so does the knowledge of ourselves. It may be an academic discipline, but it is a fascinating tale as well; a story worth learning.
Russia from Lenin to Yeltsin: A thematic look at the government; economy; social impact and cultural significance from the October Revolution to the collapse of the Soviet Union. The module charts the process by which the hope of a new society is relentlessly supressed, controlled and terrorised. A special section explores the reasons for its eventual disintegration.
The GDR: Echoing the themes of the Russian module, this is an examination of the life of East Germany during the Cold War period. Students will cover the detail of how the state was created, before studying how its totalitarian nature dictated every aspect of life in an artifical country which needed to build a wall to keep its own citizens in.
America 1918-1970: An individual piece of coursework in which the student investigates a topic on America, by analysing three historians’ views on it. With topics ranging from Prohibition to McCarthyism; or the New Deal to Civil Rights, there is a real opportunity to focus on your own particular interests. It is a study in which the very nature of history is evaluated.
Britain’s Experience of War 1790-1918: A topic which looks both thematically and in special depth studies at the impact of war on the military and British society from the Napoleonic Wars to the great upheavals of the First World War. It enlightens the student on how periods of severe crisis can produce technological advancements and social progress.
Three written papers are taken at the end of Year 13.
Paper 1 : Russia – worth 30%
Paper 2 : GDR – worth 20%
Paper 3 : Britain’s Experience of War – worth 30%
The coursework on America, completed in Year13, is worth 20% and is written independently by the student under their own circumstances.
The study of history can lead directly to careers in many professional fields such as law, academia, politics, business, or journalism. More importantly the skills developed, such as analysis, evaluation and the ability to comprehend and manipulate complex information, help create confident independent learners able to adapt to any career options, or even invent their own.
Level 5 at GCSE History
Head of Department: Mr Rob Harris