GCSE OCR Modern World History Two groups in Year 11 are being taught this specification. This involves the study of the following units:
Paper 1: 2 hour examination (45% of the final mark)
International Relations 1945-75 –the key focus questions are:
USA 1919-1941 - the key focus questions are:
Paper 2: 1 hour 30 minute examination (35% of final mark)
How far did British Society Change 1939-1975?
Controlled Assessment (20% of final mark)
Pupils will study the importance of General Haig, in comparison to other factors, in the Allied victory of World War One
WJEC GCSE SHP History: Two groups in Year 11 and all groups in Year 10 follow the Welsh Board SHP specification. They will study the following units:
Unit 1: The American West 1845-1890 1 hour 15 min examination (25% of final mark)
This unit focuses in depth on selected themes and issues relating to migration into the American West from 1840-1895. Students will be required to consider the lifestyles of the Plains Indians, the various settlement waves and the eventual battle for the Plains and its impact. Students should develop an awareness of how aspects of life in the American West in this period have been represented and interpreted and they should also address the key questions in each topic area using a range of historical sources.
Unit 2: Leisure, Sport and Tourism in the Twentieth Century 1 hour 15 min examination (25% of final mark)
This unit focuses thematically on sport, leisure and tourism in Wales and England from c.1900 to the present day. Students will be required to consider the growth and development of sport, the changing nature of popular entertainment and the impact of changing holiday patterns from c.1900 to the present day. Candidates should develop their understanding of the period through explanation and analysis of key concepts such as change, continuity, causation and significance and through analysing and evaluating a range of source material.
Unit 3: Crime and Punishment 1530-Today 1 hour 15 min examination (25% of final mark)This unit focuses in outline on the main turning points and trends in the history of crime and punishment in Wales and England from c.1530 to the present day. Students will be required to consider the events and personalities which have shaped the causes of crime, policing and the changing methods used to combat crime and the changing methods of punishment. Students will be required to examine the major political, social, economic and cultural perspectives which have contributed to the development of both crime and punishment from c.1530 to the present day.
Controlled Assessment on the World Wars (25% of final mark)
Students will either study World War One or World War Two. The World War One controlled assessment focuses on the impact of World War One on women and the different interpretations of the British Generals on the Western Front. The World War Two controlled assessment focuses on the evacuation of children during World War Two and the different interpretations surrounding Dunkirk.