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Block 3, Block 4
Assessment: Exam 100%
Head of Faculty: Mrs K. Hackett

This course offers students the opportunity to study important themes and eras from history. Some topics cover a relatively short period of time and in some depth, whilst other themes are studied over a much longer time period in order to understand the processes of change and continuity. Key events, people and issues from the past are covered to give students a greater understanding of the past and its impact on the modern world.

The aims of this course are to encourage students to:

  • Acquire knowledge and understanding of the human past.
  • Investigate historical events, changes, people and issues.
  • Develop understanding of how the past has been represented and interpreted.
  • Use historical sources critically in their historical context.
  • Organise and communicate knowledge and understanding of history.
  • Draw conclusions and appreciate that these and other historical conclusions are liable to reassessment in the light of new or reinterpreted objectives.
  • Develop an interest in and an enthusiasm for history, and to acquire a sound basis for further historical study.  Employers regard History students very highly due to the research process and skills they acquire within the subject.

The course covers four topics:

  • The American Westm c1835-c1895
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Medicine through time, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Your work will include:

  • Researching using books, ICT and videos
  • Role play and discussion
  • Group presentations
  • Source analysis (Inference, Comparisons, Reliability, Interpretations and Evaluation)

There is the opportunity to study History at A Level; a number of students go on to study History at university each year. It would also link well with they study of Politics at A Level.

Ken Stimpson Community School
Staniland Way
PE4 6JT (Sat Nav users: PE4 6WR)