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History is all about you, your past, your future and the significance past events have on today’s society. Studying history encourages you to research and debate historical topics about famous people and major events and understand how history has been represented and interpreted for different purposes. Studying history will allow you to develop language and enquiry skills that are necessary for success throughout life, by improving your reading and writing ability and by providing plentiful opportunities for group discussions and debate. By acquiring such skills you will be able to make informed decisions about career choices and the field of work you wish to specialise in.

What does the GCSE course involve?

The GCSE course involves the study of:

• Germany 1918 1941
• Peace, War and Neutrality: Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland and the Second World War c1932 - c1949
• The Cold War (c1945 – 1991)

How is the GCSE course assessed?

GCSE History will be assessed at the end of Year 12 when pupils will take two examinations. Paper one examines unit one. Paper two examines unit two.

• Unit One
Section A: Germany (1918 - 1941)
Section B: Peace, War and Neutrality (1932 - 1949) (50%)

• Unit Two
The Cold War (1945 - 1991) (25%)

• Unit Three
“Nazi Treatment of the Jewish Community”

Investigative Study. For this controlled assessment (25%)
task, pupils will have the opportunity to carry out further
research, focusing on an issue not covered by the
examination papers.

What next?

The study of history will form part of a good general education and will develop in pupils a range of skills including communication, working independently and with others, organising, enquiry knowledge and problem solving all of which are valued by employers. For further information on this subject click on the link below.

CCEA History

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