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History

Exam Board: University of Cambridge International GCSE (CIE IGCSE)

Course: IGCSE History (0470)

Cambridge IGCSE is the World’s most popular international qualification for 14 – 16 year olds. Over 650 schools in the UK are now teaching Cambridge IGCSE. It is an internationally-respected academic qualification, which will also provide an excellent foundation for future A-level study. It will also lead onto a very wide range of careers, including Law, government, journalism and media, and many others.

Members of the Department:

Mr. A. Dubberley, Head of History
Mrs J. Jude
Mrs. L. Ramsay

 

Introduction

History helps us to understand the world in which we live in all of its complexity.  

Pupils will investigate Britain’s relationships with the wider world, and relate past events to the present day.  

Pupils will evaluate sources, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn the importance of supporting any judgements they make with relevant evidence.  

History encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident and questioning individuals.

Trips and Visits

Year 7 – Mountfitchet Castle, Stantsted.  This leads into a project on castles and their development in the Middle Ages.

Year 9 – World War Two trip to Duxford, where we listen to a presentation on the Home Front.

Year 10/11 – Residential study tour to Berlin.  Covering sights related to the Nazi era and the development of the Cold War.

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7 - Introduction to History
Historical Skills and Overview of Roman Britain
1066, Norman Britain and Crusades
Medieval Britain 1200 to 1500 including Maga Carta, Black Death and Peasants' Revolt 

Year 8 - Britain 1500-1750
German Reformation and its impact on the Tudors and Stuarts
The age of Revolution, including France and Industrial change 1750 - 1900
Jack the Ripper Historical Investigation

Year 9 - Modern World
The experience of black people in the USA
The struggle for the vote in Britain, (universal suffrage including working men, and women)
The Twentieth Century including both World Wars and an introduction to the Cold War era

 

KEY STAGE 4

YOU WILL STUDY: 

Core content: The 20th century: International Relations since 1919 

                    • Were the peace treaties of 1919–23 fair?
                    • To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
                    • Why had international peace collapsed by 1939?
                    • Who was to blame for the Cold War?
                    • How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?
                    • How secure was the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe, 1948–c.1989?
                    • Why did events in the Gulf matter c1970-2000?

Depth Study: Germany, 1918-1945

Was the Weimar Republic doomed from the start?

  1. Why was Hitler able to dominate Germany by 1934?
  2. What was it like to live under the Nazi regime?

 

ASSESSMENT:

Students take all examinations at the end of the course, giving more time for teaching and learning to develop. Three exam papers will be taken in the summer of 2016:

Paper 1: Two questions from the core content, together with a third question based on the depth study. The focus is on in-depth knowledge and understanding (2 hours- 40%).

Paper 2: A series of historical source analysis-based questions must be answered, based on a prescribed topic within the core content (2 hours- 33%).

Paper 4: Two extended questions on the depth study, covering both knowledge and understanding, and source analysis skills (1 hour- 27%). 

There is a single tier of assessment, covering grades A* to G.

There is no Controlled Assessment.