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' (both studied in Year 10).
Paper 2 is also based on two topics: 'Elizabethan England, 1568-1603' and 'Britain: Health and the people' (both mainly studied in Year 11).

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

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Continuation of
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 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 four: The historic environment of Elizabethan England The English Channel Site of the Spanish Armada
Students will need to become thoroughly acquainted with the events of the Spanish Armada. The following aspects of the site should be considered:
location
resources
people involved with the site and event
the nature of conflict at the time
how important events/developments from the depth study are connected to the site.
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.

Each topic will be formally assessed on all subsequent student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

The ST1 Exam window will be a Paper 2 exam testing their knowledge and understanding of Elizabethan England and Health and the People.  
Continuation of
Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship (Studied in Year 10)


 
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 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.

 
Conflict and Tension Between East and West, 1945-1972

 
This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different states and individuals and the ideologies they represented. It considers revolutionary movements during this time. It focuses on the causes and events of the Cold War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the tensions which arose during the Cold War. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

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.  
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.

Each topic will be formally assessed on all subsequent student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

The ST2 Exam window will be a Paper 1 exam testing their knowledge and understanding of Germany and Conflict & Tension (Cold War)  

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