Modern History

‘Who controls the past controls the future’ George Orwell 1949

Outline of the Course

There are good reasons for studying History and these include the insights it gives into the affairs of the Modern World, the important skills it develops and its intrinsic interest.

History can mean two things: the past and the study of the past.  The past influences all aspects of our lives.  Learning about the past and the methods used to study it helps students make sense of the world in which they live.

This course aims to help students to develop a better understanding of this complex world, by studying the relatively recent past and tracing the roots of the conflicts and problems that still afflict us.  It will build on their Year 9 study unit on ‘The Twentieth Century World’.

Whilst there is still a need to know about significant events and personalities, a much greater emphasis is placed on students’ ability to develop their own opinions and interpretations by evaluating evidence for themselves.  They are also encouraged to consider situations from several points of view and understand why people took a particular course of action.

Syllabus Content

Medicine Through Time, c1250-present

c1250-c1500: medicine in medieval England

c1500-c1700: The medical Renaissance in England

c1700-c1900: Medicine in 18th and 19th century Britain

c1900-present: Medicine in modern Britain

The British sector of the Western Front,

1914- 1918: injuries, treatments and the trenches

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Key topic 1: The origins of the Cold War, 1951-58

Key topic 2: Cold War crises, 1958-70

Key topic 3: The end of the Cold War, 1970-91

Henry V111 and his ministers, 1509-40

Key topic 1: Henry V111 and Wolsey, 1509-29

Key topic 2: Henry V111 and Cromwell, 1529-40

Key topic 3: The Reformation and its impact, 1529-40

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Key topic 1: The Weimar Republic 1918-29

Key topic 2: Hitler’s rise to power, 1919-33

Key topic 3: Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933-39

Key topic 4: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39

Study Implications/Requirements

Students are encouraged to become actively involved in their learning through a variety of practical exercises and extend their historical study beyond the classroom through a range of homework assignments.

Most students find this course challenging and enjoyable in its own right, but it is also a useful foundation for a variety of careers, including journalism, law, civil service and local government, teaching and many others.

What can I do with this qualification?

There are many things you can do with a GCSE in History.  You could choose to continue with the study of History by taking AS History in the sixth form or at college or you could use your knowledge and skills of history to support other AS courses.  A GCSE in History shows that you have a high level of literacy and that you are able to analyse complex information.  These skills are highly valued by colleges and employers.

Employment opportunities where skills gained through the study of history are particularly valued include journalism, media, law, teaching and human resources.

For further information see Mr J Carr




History KS3 assessment criteria