Soham Village College

GCSE History (Legacy)

GCSE History

Class of 2017 Only

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
Edexcel Exam Board - GCSE History GCSE History  2HB01

 History is a very popular and vibrant subject here at Soham Village College. It is taught by an enthusiastic team who enjoy the challenge of bringing the subject to life.  Multi-media work and 'active' history are the norm in GCSE lessons. History GCSE seeks to encourage students to develop the ability to think independently, to form a reasoned argument and to evaluate sources of information in a critical way. The study of History at GCSE provides an excellent foundation/level of skills for a wide variety of jobs including law, politics, journalism, strategic management and the armed services.

The syllabus offered is called 'Schools History Project' and the work covered is divided into four key areas
  • A Study in Development - Crime and Punishment through Time
    This broad study looks at the theme of crime and punishment in Britain from the 15th century to the present day.  It is a fantastic course that provides students with a good understanding of how British justice got to the point it is at today.  The course considers laws, policing, crimes and punishments and includes such diverse topics as witchcraft, the death penalty and the formation of the first police force.  This unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed by a 1hr 15 minute exam.

  • Change in  British Society (1955 – 1975)
    This unit involves a fascinating look at British cultural history.  It gives students an understanding of this very diverse period in British history.  The unit includes a study of Immigration and the issues and problems surrounding it, including the race riots; and sex discrimination and the changing role of women, including women’s liberation/feminism.  The unit also looks at how and why society became more liberal considering issues such as the death penalty, contraception and abortion.  The final section of this unit explores the ‘swinging sixties’ and considers how far they were actually ‘swinging’ looking at areas such as youth culture, mods and rockers, hippies, music, fashion, punks. This is all set against the economic hardship of the time and the ‘average’ British family.   This unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed by controlled conditions coursework.

  • A Study in Depth – Life in Germany (1919 – 1945)
    This section of the course revisits some of the work that has been explored in Y9 but in more detail and depth.  The enquiry examines the reasons for and the impact of the development of the Nazi regime in Germany. It examines conditions in Weimar Germany and the reasons why many German people began to support the Nazi party. It explores the setting up and nature of Nazi government. The emphasis is on the impact on and the reactions of differing groups of people in Germany living in the Nazi state.  This study provides students with a valuable insight into the dangers of economic turmoil, the limitations of democracy and the consequences of making the wrong political choices. The study provides us with a clear ‘warning from history’ that is still very relevant today.  The unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed with a 1hr 15 minute exam.

  • Protest in the 20th Century – Source Enquiry
    This unit focuses on the causes, leaders, tactics and outcomes of protest in the 20th century by examining four case studies.  The general strike (1926) and the miners’ strike (1984) are studied as examples of economic protest.  The suffragettes (1903 – 1914) and the poll tax protest (1990) are studied as examples of political protest.  These case studies will be examined through the use of historical sources.  This unit makes up 25% of the course and is assessed by a 1hr 15 minute exam.

Other Information

GCSE History students will have the opportunity to take part in a trip to the Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham in Year 10. This is a fantastic museum where they get to see a real historic prison and take part in a mock trial in a 19th century courtroom.
There will also be the opportunity to go on a trip to Berlin in Year 11 to support the unit on the 'Life in Germany (1919 – 1945)'.