Course Content

The GCSE is made up of 4 parts:

America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality

This period study focuses on the development of the USA during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of opportunity and inequality – when some Americans lived the ‘American Dream’ whilst others grappled with the nightmare of poverty, discrimination and prejudice.

Think; Ku Klux Klan, Rock and Roll, Martin Luther King, and Vi- etnam.

Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different individuals and states including the Great Powers. It looks at concepts such as national self- determination, ideas of internationalism and the challenges of revising the peace settlement. It fo- cuses on the causes of the Second World War.

Think; Treaty of Versailles, Adolf Hitler, and the Munich Agreement.

Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time.

Think; the Black Death, surgery, x-rays, and the creation of the NHS.

Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

This option allows students to study in depth a specified period, the last 35 years of Elizabeth I’s reign. The study will focus on major events of Eliza- beth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Think; Mary Queen of Scots, and the Spanish Armada.

How is this course assessed?

  • 2 Written exams: each 1 hour 45 minutes
  • 84  marks  each  (including  4  marks  for  spelling, punctuation and grammar)
  • Each paper is equal to 50% of GCSE


Contact information

Mr Peskett