Scholars will spend 12 weeks focusing on a breadth study looking at Henry VIII and the Reformation. By the end of the unit, scholars will understand the key features and characteristics of Henry’s reasons for the break with Rome and be able to select materials from interpretations to support analysis of their own knowledge. Scholars will also refine their critical thinking skills through evaluation of interpretations.
Scholars spend 12 weeks investigating the English Civil War and deciding whether Oliver Cromwell was a hero or a villain using historical evidence to support their opinion. Covering political and military history this unit gives scholars valuable knowledge of British history and develops their written and analytical skills.
Scholars formally begin their GCSE course. At AASA we follow the Edexcel History GCSE. All units will be examined in June/ July across 3 papers.
- Paper 1: Thematic Study and Historic Environment (1 hour and 15 minutes).
- Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (1 hour 45 minutes).
- Paper 3: Modern depth study (1 hour 20 minutes).
Terms 1: British Period Study – Early Elizabethan England 1558-88
The depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent short time span and require scholars to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it. Scholars will focus on the reign of Elizabeth I. Scholars will gain an understanding of the interplay between government and religion but also the threats the queen faced both from home and abroad. Elizabethan education and the age of exploration will also be evaluated.
Scholars will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding. Questions will target key features and causation, and may also target other second order concepts (change, continuity, consequence, similarity, difference, significance).
Terms 2 & 3: Crime and Punishment, 1000-present day – Scholars will study the process of change and continuity in relation to crimes and their punishment in this one thousand year thematic study. The unit is broken down into 4 chronological stages:
- The medieval period (1000-1500)
- The early modern period (1500-1700)
- Industrialisation (1700-1900)
- The modern era (1900-present).
In each of the time periods scholars will focus on 1) the nature and changing definitions of crimes 2) the nature of law enforcement and punishment 3) analyse two case studies of crime and punishment from that period.
Scholars will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding, with questions focusing on similarity and difference, and change and continuity. This may include turning points (significance), extent of, and causes or consequences of change.
Term 4: Whitechapel: 1870-1900, crime, policing and the inner city – A scholar led research unit that allows scholars to develop their research and source analysis skills by applying their knowledge of crime and punishment to an extended case study. In this historic environment study scholars will practice working with different kinds of sources such as police records, newspapers, workhouse records, trial records, photographs, census returns etc. Scholars will learn how to ask questions of sources like a real historian and how to construct their own body of evidence.
The content is assessed through a question on features of the period and also through a historical enquiry. For the historical enquiry, scholars will need to develop the skills necessary to analyse, evaluate and use contemporary sources to make substantiated judgements, in the context of the historical events studied. To aid teaching, the content is divided into two sections: the first covers the site in its historical context; the second covers knowledge, selection and use of sources relevant to this historic environment for enquiries.
Terms 5 - 6: International Relations 1900-1950 – Scholars will study modern history including the First and Second World Wars, the Russian Revolution, the Holocaust and the start of the Cold War. This twentieth century study will lay the groundwork for the rest of the prescribed GCSE course content which they will revisit in Year 10.
Terms 1 & 2: Russia and the Soviet Union 1917-1941
The depth studies focus on a substantial and coherent short time span and require students to understand the complexity of a society or historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it. Scholars will chart the trajectory of Russia from Tsarist autocracy to Stalinist dictatorship. Scholars will understand the key features and characteristics of how and why the Bolsheviks seized power whilst selecting materials from interpretations to support analysis of their own knowledge. Scholars will also refine their critical thinking skills through evaluation of interpretations and sources.
Students will be assessed on all four Assessment Objectives. All questions may relate to any content specified in the four key topics. Questions focusing solely on knowledge and understanding will target causation. Other questions will target the ability to analyse and evaluate contemporary sources and later interpretations. Students should be aware that interpretations are based on evidence from their period of study. They should be aware of a range of evidence that can be used to reach conclusions. They should study examples of such evidence and consider ways in which it could give rise to and support different interpretations. Students should understand a range of reasons why interpretations may differ. They should be aware that differences based on conclusions drawn from evidence are legitimate and can be explained. They should be able to evaluate given interpretations using their own knowledge of the period.
Terms 3 & 4: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
The period studies focus on a substantial and coherent medium time span of at least 50 years and require students to understand the unfolding narrative of substantial developments and issues associated with the period.
Scholars will be assessed on their knowledge and understanding. Questions will target: consequence; significance (of specified events in relation to situations and unfolding developments); and analytical narrative (requiring students not only to describe what happened, but also to analyse events to find connections that explain the way in which events unfolded).
Terms 5 & 6: Revision in preparations for final examinations
Term 1 – Revisiting Paper 1
Scholars will re-visit the Crime and Punishment unit. To be fully equipped for the exams, revision techniques, tools and strategies will be explicitly taught. Scholars will complete exam questions in timed conditions.
Term 2- Revisiting Paper 2
Scholars will re-visit the Elizabeth and Superpowers unit. To be fully equipped for the exams, revision techniques, tools and strategies will be explicitly taught. Scholars will complete exam questions in timed conditions.
Term 3- Revisiting Paper 3
Scholars will re-visit the Russia unit. To be fully equipped for the exams, revision techniques, tools and strategies will be explicitly taught. Scholars will complete exam questions in timed conditions.