We will study how religion became a destabilising force during Tudor rule.  How London was affected by the Second World War.  You will complete a depth study, looking at how close the world came to a nuclear war during the Cold War.  We will also study Nazi Germany in great depth.  We will discover how Hitler established a dictatorship in Germany, and what life was like for different sections of society under Hitler’s regime.

Module Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

Post World War One Germany

Threats to the Weimar Republic

Rebuilding of the economy

England's changing relationship with Spain

Medicine Through Time:

  • Medicine in the Medieval England
  • The Medical Renaissance in England
  • Medicine in 18th and 19th Century Britain
  • Medicine in Modern Britain
  • The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918:injuries, treatment and the trenches

How did the Weimar Republic re-build itself between 1923 and 1929?

The rise of the Nazi Party

Life in Elizabethan England As above

The growth in support for the Nazi Party

The creation of a dictatorship

The origins of the Cold War As above

Controlling and influencing attitudes

Opposition to the Nazis

Nazsi attitudes towards women, the young and minorities

Cold War Crisis, 1958-1970 As above

Life in Nazi Germany

Revision and assessment

The end of the Cold War

Revision to include:

Early Elizabethan England

Cold War and superpower relations

Weimar and Nazi Germany


Elizabeth and her character

Elizabethan politics

Revision and assessment As above

With 3 exam papers, there are more opportunities for students to show what they can do.

There is a maximum of two topics covered in every paper, so students do not need to switch between topics too often in an exam.

The assessment objectives are balanced across the papers so students can focus on particular skills in the exam.

The exam papers are shorter, so students are less likely to be affected by exam fatigue.

What units will be taught?

Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment

  • Medicine in Britain, c 1250 to present, with The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: surgery and treatment

Paper 2 – Period Study and British Depth Study

  • Early Elizabeth England, 1558-88
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

Assessment Objectives

AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.

AO2: Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts

AO3: Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

AO4: Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations).


3 written examinations at the end of the course


3 exams at the end of the GCSE course.

Paper 1

British Thematic Study with Historic Environment

1hr 15 mins          Weighting 30%

Section A Historic Environment

Weighting 10%

Section B Thematic Study

Weighting 20%

Paper 2 Period Study and British Depth Study

1hr 45 mins          Weighting 40%

Section A Period Study

Weighting 20%

Section B British Depth Study

Weighting 20%

Paper 3 Modern Depth Study

1hr 20 mins        Weighting 30%


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