Current Y11 cohort
Students completing their studies in 2017 will follow the OCR History B specification which focuses on the history of the twentieth century, its key events, people, changes and issues. Students are taught about international relations, global conflict, the political development of key countries and changes in British society.
Students begin their study by completing the mandatory controlled assessment unit: Historical Enquiry - worth 25% of the GCSE. It is culminated with two externally assessed papers. The total marks for the paper also include additional marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar.
- Paper 1: International Relations is 45% of the GCSE qualification.
- Paper 2: British Depth Study is 30% of the GCSE qualification.
Current Y10 cohort
Students embarking on their Year 10 History studies in 2016-2017, will study the new Edexcel 9-1 specification.
The course culminates in three externally examined papers which must all be completed in any single year. Responses now include assessment for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology.
- Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment is 30% of the GCSE qualification.
- Paper 2: Period study and British depth study is 40% of the GCSE qualification.
- Paper 3: Modern depth study is 30% of the GCSE qualification.
Papers 1 and 3 include sources from which students must derive their answers; all 3 papers assess knowledge and understanding – thus engaging with the course content is essential for success.