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Key Stage 4

GCSE History

Exam Board: OCR History B (until 2021)
Level: 2

Course Overview

Students study five different topics which are worth 20% each of the overall course. These topics are ‘The People’s Health 1250 to Present’, ‘The Norman Conquest 1065-87’, ‘The Making of America 1789-1900’ and ‘Living Under Nazi Rule 1933-45’. The final topic is a study of a local historic site where students will visit Dover Castle as part of their ‘History Around Us’ unit.

Assessment: 100% examination


GCSE History

Exam Board: Edexcel (Starting September 2019)
Level: 2

Course Overview

Pupils study the GCSE course from Term 3 with all examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. Our British Thematic Study with Historic Environment unit is "Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 to present". This has a 30% weighting.  Our British Depth Study is Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 with Superpower relations and the Cold War,1941–91 as our period study. This holds a 40% weighting. Our Modern Depth Study is "Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39"with a 30% weighting.

Assessment: 100% examination

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1: What can we learn from classical civilisations?
Term 2: What was the impact of Norman rule on Anglo Saxon England?
Term 3: How did religion influence everyday life in Medieval England?
Term 4: How did attitudes towards those in power change in the Middle Ages?
Term 5: How did the Tudors shape England?
Term 6: How did religion continue to dominate life in early modern Britain?

Year 8

Term 1: How has crime and punishment changed from c1000-1750?
Term 2: What was life like in the Industrial British Empire?
Term 3: What was the cause and impact of World War One?
Term 4: How and why did the economic boom lead to such a catastrophe in the USA and the Weimar Republic?
Term 5: What was life like in Nazi Germany?
Term 6: What was the significance of the Holocaust?

Year 9

Term 1: How did the Treaty of Versailles lead to World War Two?
Term 2: What happened during and after World War Two?
Term 3: Paper 1 Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city. How did the church influence crime and punishment?
Term 4: What were the new definitions of crime in the 16th century?
Term 5: How did crime and punishment change in the 18th and 19th century?
Term 6: How ethical are punishments for crime in Britain? How was Whitechapel a black hole at the heart of the British Empire?

Year 10

Term 1: Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39. Did Weimar government overcome its initial challenges?
Term 2: What led to the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany?
Term 3: How did Hitler create a totalitarian dictatorship?
Term 4: What was life like in Nazi Germany?
Term 5: Paper 2 Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91. What lead to the creation of frosty relationships between the super-powers?
Term 6: What were the main Cold War crisis from 1958-70? How did the demise of the Soviet Union end the Cold War?

Year 11

Term 1: Paper 2 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88. How did the succession crisis lead to the Norman invasion?
Term 2: How did William secure power from 1066-1087? How did Norman England change from 1066-1088?
Term 3: Paper 1 Revision - How has crime and punishment changed from c1000-present?
Term 4: Paper 2 Revision - Why did the Cold War never heat up? What was the impact of Norman rule on Anglo Saxon England?
Term 5: Paper 3 Revision - What led to the collapse of the Weimar Republic and the rise of Hitler?
Term 6: GCSE examinations - During this time, teachers will create bespoke revision lessons to allow students to prepare successfully and confidently for examinations.


Useful Website Links

BBC History

OCR History

AQA History

BBC Bitesize History

Edexcel History


Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

The Crusades by J. Phillips.

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) History B: Schools History Project

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Revision Guide for each topic

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • GCSE History OSL runs from September until June. It takes place every Thursday after school from 3pm-4pm with Year 11 teachers and additional revision sessions are offered during each half term break.
  • History Club takes place every Wednesday after school.
  • Trips for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 include Dover Castle, Whitechapel and the possibility of and overseas trip, after a successful and enjoyable trip to Berlin in February 2019.