History - Year 11

Students will study AQA GCSE History (8145). The course is assessed by two examination papers at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1 is based on two topics: 'Germany, 1890-1945' and 'Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972'.
Paper 2 is also based on two topics: 'Elizabethan England, 1568-1603' and 'Britain: Health and the people'.

Each examination contributes 50% of the student's overall GCSE grade. Students will attend five lessons a fortnight.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Elizabethan England, c15681603

This option allows students to study in depth a specified period, the last 35 years of Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I's reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Part one: Elizabeth's court and Parliament Background, Court life, Challenges of ruling, issue of marriage.
Part two: Life in Elizabethan times The 'Golden Age' of theatre and prosperity of the gentry but increased poverty of the lower classes. The achievements of sailors like Drake, Raleigh and Hawkins.
Part three: Troubles at home and abroad Religious problems, Mary Queen of Scots and the conflict with Spain.
Part four: The historic environment of Elizabethan England The study of the historic environment will require an in depth study of Hardwick Hall, Yorkshire. Students should examine the relationship between the hall and associated historical events and developments. Students should be able to identify key features of the site and understand their connection to the wider historical context of the Elizabethan age.
Each subtopic will be formatively assessed as students progress through the topic.

This will include practising GCSE style questions with a focus on the skills of description, analysis of cause and consequence and evaluation of historical sources and interpretations.

Students will also have regular short answer Knowledge Tests to assess their understanding of the key features and characteristics of the period.  
Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It focuses on the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism. The topic is split into three subtopics:

1) Germany and the growth of Democracy
This subtopic focuses on the growth of democracy in Germany under Kaiser Wilhelm II and after the First World War.

2) Germany and the Depression
This subtopic focuses on the Depression and how it contributed to the rise of the Nazis.

3) The experiences of Germans under the Nazis
This subtopic focuses on what it was like for ordinary Germans to live under Nazi rule. It features economic and social changes, as well as the persecution of the Jews.  
Each topic will be formally assessed on all subsequent student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

The ST1 exam will assess elements of all units studied so far: Germany, Elizabeth and Medicine.

Conflict and Tension Between East and West, 1945-1972

1) The origins of the Cold War 1945-50 This subtopic focuses on the beginning of the East-West rivalry following the Second World War.

2) The development of the Cold War 1950-60s This subtopic focuses primarily on the military rivalries of the Cold War such as the Korean War, the Vietnam War, as well as the nuclear arms race.

3) The transformation of the Cold War 1960s-72 This subtopic focuses on the transformation of the Cold War up until 1972. This features the Berlin Wall, the Cuban missile crisis and events in Czechoslovakia.  
The ST2 Exam window will consist of two papers that assess elements of all 4 units: Germany, Conflict & Tension between East & West, Medicine and Elizabeth.  
Rolling Revision  
There will be a programme of rolling revision delivered in lessons to support students' preparations of their exams.  
Students will complete independent and group revision through quizzing and questioning.

They will complete a range of practise exam questions.  

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