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GCSE History

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

If you have any further questions, please speak to your history teacher.

Options – GCSE History FAQs

There is no setting in the GCSE groups. There is no foundation or higher paper, only one paper that everyone sits.
You will receive homework once a week from your class teacher. These will mostly consist of producing revision resources or practicing examination questions.
Yes there is a lot of writing, but remember all GCSE’s have a significant amount of writing. The structure of the exam questions are similar to the feed forwards and assessments you have done at KS3. You won’t be making lots of notes in lessons, as lessons are focused around discussion points and understanding key concepts.
Choose the subject you enjoy more, not the one you think is easier. It is more likely you will achieve a better grade if you enjoy the lessons.

Head Teacher – Mr P Burke
The Fernwood School, Goodwood Road, Wollaton, Nottingham, NG8 2FT
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