GCSE History

Students at Launchpad will have the opportunity to study GCSE History as an option subject.

This qualification is designed for students with a passion for history and hunger to learn new things about British and European history every lesson. There are opportunities for students to participate in class discussions and independent research.

What is Launchpad aiming to achieve through its History curriculum?

  • To develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance.
  • To acquire an understanding of different identities, including their own, within a society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity.
  • To build on their understanding of the past and the diversity of human experience through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study.
  • To improve as effective, independent and resilient learners and as critical and reflective thinkers through a process of historical enquiry.
  • To develop the ability to ask relevant and considered questions about the past and to investigate historical issues critically.

Units of study:
The learners will study the following topics:
• Period studies: 1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
• Wider world depth studies: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972
• Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
• British depth studies including the historic environment: Medieval England: the reign of        Edward I, 1272–1307

Paper 1 (2-hour exam): Understanding the modern world
Section A - There is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country's history over at least a 50 year period.
Section B - There is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international
conflict and tension.

Paper 2 (2-hour exam): Shaping the nation
In Section A - There is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period.
In Section B - There is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment.

Progression Opportunities:
Learners who achieve this qualification could progress onto further studies at Sixth Form: AS & A2 Level History, International Baccalaureate.

Career opportunities could include:
Law, Politics, Public Sector, Business, Marketing, Journalism, Economics, Teaching, Insurance, Archaeology, Curation (museums, galleries, archives and libraries)


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