Key Stage 4

This new GSCE offers students an opportunity to develop their knowledge of key historical concepts including causation, change and continuity, similarity and difference, interpretation and historical significance. They will do so through the study of the following topics:
Unit 1 - Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
This unit provides students with an opportunity to study over 50 years of German history in great depth. Students will investigate Germany prior to World War I and assess the reasons for Germany’s defeat and the impact this had. They will analyse the fall of the Weimar Republic and explain why Hitler came to power. Nazi Germany and the life of ordinary Germans will be studied in detail, including the education of children, opposition to Hitler, and Nazi racial policy.
Unit 2 - Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950–1975
This unit covers only 25 years and allows students to gain a detailed understanding of the period. Students will learn about the Cold War background to conflict in Korea and Vietnam, as well as the motives and interests of the indigenous population of these two countries. The role of key individuals and Presidents will be explored and comparisons will be drawn between the two conflicts.
Unit 3 - Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
This unit covers the broad theme of medicine and health over time, allowing students to analyse key trends and turnings points. They will look at the long and short term consequences of key developments and understand the impact of the wider world on Britain. Students will analyse the importance of war, religion, government, science, communication and individuals in developing or preventing changes in medicine from Medieval Britain to today.
Unit 4 - Elizabethan England, c1568–1603
This unit offers a detailed insight into Elizabethan England. Students study Elizabeth’s personality and her control over government as well as life during the Elizabethan era. This is further developed with a study of Hardwick Hall, an Elizabethan country house, which allows students to link their knowledge specifically to the environment and individuals who lived at the time.

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