Friday, 24 November, 2017


We want students to be intrigued, excited and involved in History.  We follow a chronological approach in the first three years in the Senior School, beginning with the Middle Ages and reaching the Second World War by the end of Year 9. We also aim to get out and about, bringing extra colour and lasting memories; to Norwich Castle, to London and to the battlefields of northern France, following in the footsteps of TGS Old Boys who fought at the Battle of the Somme.

“You’ve got to study history so that you can recognise all the **** in the newspapers.”   Alexei Sayle

Consider doing History GCSE if:

• You are intrigued by what people have done in the past, their motives and the consequences of their actions.
• You want to develop skills to look beyond the obvious, to analyse and to present a reasoned, supported argument.
• You want to gain a well-respected academic qualification.
• You are prepared to take an active part in a variety of classroom activities.

Course Outline and Assessment Information

Exam board: Edexcel

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment 

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

30% of the qualification 

Pupils take the following thematic study and historical environment:

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches 

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study 

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

40% of the qualification 

Pupils take the following British depth study:

  • Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Pupils also take the following period study option:

  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Paper 3: Modern depth study

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes

30% of the qualification 

Pupils take the following modern depth study:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

In Year 12 we will be studying two units at AS level.

British History Enquiries
The Normans in England 1066 – 1100 (50%) This is a sources based unit where we will be studying documents from this fascinating period of English History

European and World Period Studies
Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919-63 (50%) In this unit we will be looking in depth at a pivotal period of European History. Essay writing will be particularly important for success in this unit.

In Year 13, two further units are studied at A2 level.

Historical Interpretations and Investigations
This is a Coursework unit, assessed by two 2000 word pieces of writing. One focuses on different interpretations and debates about the reign of Elizabeth I. The second is a personal investigation either about Elizabeth or a topic of your own choice (40% of A2).

Themes in History
Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1980 (60% of A2). This course which is examined at the end of Year 13 looks at the breadth of American History over a 135 years. Your ability to make connections and look at how and why things changed over that period will be important.

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