The syllabus studied, examines selected events from the beginning of the twentieth century to the present day. The syllabus develops the study of the Two World Wars covered in Year 9 and introduces world history to pupils for the first time.
Modern World History has four units (each worth 25% of the final marks):
- An outline study
- A depth study
- A source enquiry
- A controlled assessment topic
The syllabus will include the following:
- The Cold War 1943 – 1991
- Germany 1918 – 1939
- A Divided Union? The USA 1945 – 1970
- The Impact of War on Britain 1914 - 1950
- 3 written papers which account for 75% of the total mark. All written papers are 1 hour and 15 minutes long.
- An internally-assessed controlled assessment of 2 hours and 30 minutes, taken over two or more supervised sessions. The assessment accounts for 25% of the total mark.
The historical skills required at GCSE are the same as those developed in the lower school, namely, the examination of why events take place and the evaluation and interpretation of evidence. Pupils are encouraged to develop both oral and written skills through a variety of activities such as group/class discussion, essay writing, presentation of data in diagrammatic ways and group presentations.
Enrichment Activities: Pupils may also have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum to complement their coursework studies. The approximate cost of this trip is £12.
Start date: September.
Duration: 2 years.
How is it delivered?: Usually as part of a full-time programme.
Availability: Current and continuing.
Time Slot: Daytime.
WHO CAN DO IT? Age range: 14 - 16.
WHAT WILL YOU BE WORKING TOWARDS?
Qualification: EDEXCEL Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in History A (500/4430/8).
Awarding Body: EDEXCEL.
WHAT HAPPENS AFTER YOU HAVE FINISHED?
What other learning could you do:
You could take this course to prepare for advanced level courses such as an A/AS Level in History or you may need to strengthen your grades by completing a foundation or intermediate vocational qualification.
With further training, you could go into a job related to History such as teaching, a historian or archaeology to name a few.
You could also go straight into employment and do further training or part time study with the support of your employer.
WHERE CAN I FIND MORE INFORMATION?
To find out more about this qualification, contact our Admissions Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone on 01892 520902, ask your Connexions Personal Adviser or school/college careers staff.
Also see related pages: Academic Curriculum