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History is an optional subject to study at GCSE. However, it is a subject that is integral to our understanding of the modern world.
By the end of Year 9 you will have already studied the relationship between white settlers and Native Americans during the westward expansion of America, in the second half of the 19th century. These events have largely shaped modern day America, and you will appreciate the impact of white American settlement on Native American culture and identity.
The American West c1835-c1895 is split into 4 key topics:
You begin your study in Year 10 with the origins of the British state. We study the events before, during and after the Norman Conquest in 1066 which established the foundations for British society as we know it today such as, law and order and the relationship between the rich and the poor.
Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-88 is split into 3 key topics:
In the next unit you will study how British society has responded to disease and illness over an 800-year period, concluding in the study of modern-day medicine. This unit allows you to reflect on many medical advancements we take for granted in our day to day lives and where our advanced understanding in modern day medicine originated from. Part of this study includes an in-depth investigation into medicine on the Western Front in the British Sector during the First World War.
Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and the British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches is split into 5 key topics:
We then move on to studying how a democratic state was legally transformed into a dictatorship under Adolf Hitler and the Nazi party. Many of the questions we explore, allow you to critically evaluate life in the 21st century, analysing your understanding of the relationship between the people those who govern them.
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 is split into 4 key topics:
Throughout your lessons you will develop your ability to be critical of the ever-changing society we live in today. You will make comparisons between today and past civilisations, exploring a range of cultures, ethnicities and backgrounds.
Routes to employment
Studying history enables student to develop critical thinking skills like no other subject and employers value it as a qualification. History teaches you to challenge, analyse and make judgements about information. It enables you to think for yourself, to understand a wide range of opinions and interpretations, to formulate ideas and opinions and to use a wide range of literacy and personal skills.
Studying history gives you the opportunity to study a wide range of courses post GCSE including History, English Literature, Law, Drama, History of Art, Politics, Economics, Accountancy, Business, Sociology, Psychology and Management Studies.