Soham Village College

GCSE History

GCSE History

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Exam Board Qualification Specification
Edexcel Exam Board - GCSE History GCSE History (9-1) 1HI0
GCSE Specification (9 – 1)
     
Thematic study and historic environment
Crime & Punishment c.1000 – present day.
Whitechapel – c.1870 – 1900. 
Paper 1
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification
52 marks (16 for the historic environment, 36 for the thematic study)
 
     
Period study and British depth study
The American West, c.1835 – c.1895 
Early Elizabethan England – 1558 – 1588 
Paper 2
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
40%* of the qualification
64 marks (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study)
 
     
Modern depth study
Weimar & Nazi Germany
Paper 3
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
30%* of the qualification
52 marks
 

The table below is a breakdown of the units studied at GCSE and the format of the assessments.

 

 Year 10

 

Units
Assessments

Autumn    

Thematic study – Crime & Punishment c.1000 – present day.
There are two main strands to the crime and punishment thematic study: the nature and changing definitions of criminal activity and the nature of law enforcement and punishment. While acts such as murder have been considered crimes throughout the period covered by this thematic study, other acts have been newly defined as crimes as a result of wider changes in society at different times – for example, vagabondage in the sixteenth century. Political, religious, economic and social changes have also affected the prevalence of different crimes at different times – for example, the increase in heresy following the Reformation. Law enforcement too saw both change and continuity, for example in the role of the Community and the development of the police force. Ideas about the purpose of punishment – deterrence and retribution, for example – and how different crimes should be punished have changed over time, with the severity of punishments meted out varying greatly in different periods. To encourage students to see broad trends over time, the timescale of c1000‒present has been divided into four sections: c1000‒c1500, c1500‒c1700, c1700‒c1900 and c1900-present day.
Regular and varied assessments throughout the unit including mock exam in spring. Marks for all assessments will be recorded on Go4Schools.
This unit makes up 20% of the final GCSE and will be assessed on Paper 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes.

Spring  

 

Historic Environment – Whitechapel – c.1870 – 1900. 
The historic environment of Whitechapel c1870‒c1900 is linked to the thematic study on Crime and punishment and focuses on that site in its historical context. It examines the relationship between Whitechapel and historical events and developments in crime and policing. Whitechapel has been chosen not only because of the interest it generates for the students but because it is an excellent case study that explores the issues of poverty and crime in Victorian London. A study of Whitechapel highlights the problems associated with policing at this time and the developments and challenges to investigative policing. Public attitudes to policing and the problems associated with regional and national policing are also highlighted through the study of this historic environment.
Regular and varied assessments throughout the unit including mock exam. Marks for all assessments will be recorded on Go4Schools.
This unit makes up 110% of the final GCSE and will be assessed on Paper 1 – 1 hour 15 minutes.)

Summer   

British Depth Study – Early Elizabethan England – 1558 – 1588 
Threats to the security of the country from home and abroad; differing views on religion; the education of young people; attitudes towards the poorest and most disadvantaged members of society. All these issues are matters which concern young people in Britain today, but they are not matters which have suddenly appeared in recent years. On the contrary, all of these were important features of early Elizabethan England in the years 1558–88. Students will thus have a general understanding of the issues involved, but will study them in a different historical context. They will investigate matters which include religious issues, especially the Catholic threat to Elizabeth’s security, relations with Philip II of Spain, several social and economic issues, and England’s changing relations with the wider world, including the first steps towards the creation of a seaborne empire.
Regular assessments throughout the unit including a mock exam in the Autumn of Year 11. Marks will be recorded on Go4schools.
This unit makes up 20% of the final GCSE and will be assessed on Paper 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes.
 

 Year 11

  Units
Assessments
Autumn     Modern Depth Study – Weimar & Nazi Germany 
This modern depth study offers students a fascinating analysis of how, between the First and Second World Wars, a democratic Germany became a one-party dictatorship. During this short time span students will examine various political, economic, social and cultural aspects of this change from a democratic to a one-party state. The specification content is divided into four Key topics which provide a framework for teaching and understanding this option. However, these are not in isolation from one another and there is some chronological overlap between the four Key topics, which highlights the complexity and interplay of different aspects within Germany during the years 1918–39.
Regular assessments throughout the unit including a mock exam in the Autumn of Year 11. Marks will be recorded on Go4schools. 
This unit makes up 30% of the final GCSE and will be assessed on Paper 3 – 1 hour 20 minutes.
Spring    Period study - The American West, c.1835 – c.1895 
The history of the Native Americans and the American West has long fascinated people of all ages – from the romantic view of the Indian and tribal life to the dusty and bandana-wearing image of the cowboy that has been portrayed in literature and the media. In this option, students will have the opportunity to explore what the ‘real’ America West was like and examine the impact of government-sponsored expansion in the American outback, which had far-reaching consequences for both the Indians and the many settlers of the time. This was a defining period in the history of the USA, as a huge number of people moved west to settle on the Plains and the frontier of settlement was pushed westwards – driven by the belief in Manifest Destiny to expand the United States from coast to coast. The lives of the Plains Indians changed dramatically over these 60 years, as railroads, the cattle industry and gold prospecting impacted on their previous ways of life and means of survival, and they were moved into reservations.
Regular assessments throughout the unit. Marks will be recorded on Go4schools. 
This unit makes up 20% of the final GCSE and will be assessed on Paper 2 – 1 hour 45 minutes.
Summer    Final preparation for GCSE exams GCSE Examination
Formal Assessment in exam halls.