Qualification: Edexcel IGCSE Level 1/2
History does not have tiered entry which means it is accessible to all students.
As well as the chosen modules, you will have the opportunity to study other topics you are interested in. In other words, you choose the areas of study which suit your needs and interests.
The course provides a solid basis for progression to GCE AS and Advanced Level in History, or equivalent qualifications.
Angle 1: Historical Investigation. This will be about America, 1917-1929. You will study what America was like during the 'Roaring 20's' and investigate topics such as: Was it 'roaring' for everyone? Who was Al Capone? Was America racist and intolerant at this time?
Angle 2: Breadth study. Changes in medicine, c1845-c1945. You will study the impact of medical developments during this time period and investigate topics such as: How far did medical knowledge and understanding progress? How did surgery develop? What was the role of women in medicine? What was the impact of the two world wars on medical developments? You will visit the Science Museum and the "Old operating theatre" in London to broaden and deepen your understanding of this topic.
Angles 3 & 4: You will study at least two depth studies:
A divided union: Civil rights in the USA, 1945-74. What was McCarthyism and the Red Scare? Civil rights in the 1950s. What was the impact of Martin Luther King and Black Power? What protest movements were there (students, women, anti- Vietnam)? What was Watergate?
Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45. How did Germany cope after World War One? How did Hitler and the Nazis achieve power? What was life really like in Nazi Germany? What was World War Two like from the German perspective? You will have the opportunity to go on a trip to Berlin to broaden and deepen your understanding of this topic.
Assessment: 2 x 90 minute examinations :
Paper 1- Development of dictatorship: Germany, 1918-45 & A divided union: Civil rights in the USA, 1945-74.
Paper 2-America, 1917-1929 & Changes in medicine, 1845-1945.
How is History useful?
It gives you invaluable transferable skills which are highly regarded by employers: -
- Using information effectively – this can help shed light on a particular problem or issue confronting an organisation or individual
- Weigh up important factors before taking critical decisions
- Learn the arts of oral debate and expressing a clear personal point of view – invaluable skills at job interviews or universities
- working to deadlines; "History is an excellent preparation for many other jobs." "Which Subject? Which Career?
|Type and Level of Qualification||IGCSE Level 1/2|
|Exam Board and syllabus||Cambridge International|
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|Key dates of assessments||Both exams taken May-June|
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