What will I study?

Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History.

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: British Thematic Study with an Historic Environment. 1 hour and 15 minute examination.

Paper 2: Period and British Depth Study. 1 hour and 45 minute examination.

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study. 1 hour and 20 minute examination.

What will I study?

Paper 1: Crime and Punishment in Britain c.1000 to the present day. How has the definition of criminal activity changed across the centuries, and how has law enforcement and punishment adapted to meet that change? From Forest Law and Hue and Cry, to Corporal and Capital punishment, we will investigate characters such as Guy Fawkes, Matthew Hopkins, Elizabeth Fry and Robert Peel. Pupils will also base 10% of their final grade on a study of Whitechapel c.1870-1900.

Paper 2: Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-91. Pupils will consider questions such as: Why did a Cold War develop between the USA and USSR? Why was a nuclear war a real possibility? Why was the Berlin Wall built? Why did the Soviet Union lose its grip on Eastern Europe?

Early Elizabethan England 1558-88. Pupils will study religion, relations with Spain including the Spanish Armada, exploration and murderous plots under the Virgin Queen.

Paper 3: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41. Pupils will explore why Russia went through two revolutions and a Civil War before bowing to Communist rule. Pupils then move on to consider the rise to power of Stalin, his use of terror and propaganda, and the effects of economic policies on his people.

What qualities do I need and how will I study?

You will need to have an inquisitive mind and be interested in why things have happened.  You will enjoy developing your own arguments, and doing research from books, films, photographs and the internet. You will also be comfortable with analysing sources and producing written work. You can expect to work independently, in small groups and as a whole class.