Our key stage 4 curriculum has been developed in such a way as to give students the best possible to achieve in their GCSE subjects.
The Year 9 curriculum begins straight away with real GCSE content. Thefirst module is “Life in Nazi Germany module”. This module allows for studentsto learn and interpret how and why Hitler came to power alongside what life waslike under his regime. This course offers a unique opportunity to look intodetail at very emotive topics such as the Holocaust and the Nazi’s treatment ofwomen. All of this is taught alongside the examination skills that are neededto be successful in the subject.
The second half of the year revolves around a focus of Medicine throughtime. This consists of an in-depth study into the development of medicine fromthe Romans right up until the modern day looking at change and continuity overtime. The course will teach content along with the skills.
The year 10 curriculum begins with the “Life in Nazi Germany module”. The module allows for students to learn and interpret how and why Hitler came to power alongside what life was like under his regime. This course offers a unique opportunity to look into detail at very emotive topics such as the Holocaust and the Nazi’s treatment of women. All of this is taught alongside the examination skills that are needed to be successful in the subject. The second half of the year revolves around the production of three pieces of controlled assessment.
The controlled assessment is to be written up after teaching of the Civil Rights movement in the USA between 1945-69. Once again this gives students the opportunity to delve inside very sensitive topics and it also gives the freedom to allow students to enhance their research skills to achieve the best possible grade before the exam season starts at the end of Year 11.
By the time that History students reach Year 11 they would have completed 25% of their GCSE through their controlled assessment. They would also have completed 50% of their course through the studying of Medicine and Life in Nazi Germany. They have only one module remaining and that is the protest course, which is the paper that is mainly based around skills development. Students will explore the conflict between the Suffragettes, General Strike of 1926, the Miners strike of 1984 and the Poll Tax riots. This offers students the chance to learn some more contemporary History whilst asking to them access and interpret very high level resources. Teaching of this course will be complete by the end of Semester 2 and then revision will begin of the modules previously studied.