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History
Modern World – AQA Syllabus B
The course offers pupils the opportunity to study the history of Britain, Europe and the World in the Twentieth Century.

 The syllabus builds on the pupils KS3 studies and the course allows the students to study History in depth, across a broad span of time, through a local context and with reference to the experience of people in different societies and cultures.

 Three main themes:

1. International Relations: conflict and peace in the twentieth century
This is an outline study of international relations covering many of the main events of the 20th Century.  The choice of topics includes the First World War, Hitler and the Second World War and the Crises of the Cold War.

2. Twentieth Century Depth Studies
This is a study of specific government/countries throughout the 20th Century.  Topics include: The Roaring Twenties; Hitler’s Germany; Depression and New Deal and Race Relations in the USA.

3. Historical Enquiry – British History
Pupils are to complete a controlled assessment (replacing coursework) which will develop their evaluative and research skills. The focus is on British History in the 20th Century and assignment is worth 25% of the total marks (approx 2000 words).

4. The Examinations
There are two examination papers worth 75% in total

Written Paper I – International Relations – 37.5% of total marks
Written paper II – 20th Century Depth Studies – 37.5% of total marks
GCSE History B is not tiered.  Candidates’ results are reported on an 8-point scale from A* – G.

Throughout the course, students will experience a variety of teaching and learning styles, including group work, role-play and debate, as well as whole-class teaching.  Homework is regular.  Additional resources include the use of DVDs, podcasts and the Moodle. This worthwhile option will also provide pupils with a sound basis for further study.

Geography

The content of the course examines issues at local, national and international levels, covering such topics as Social Studies, Work and Employment, Water Supplies and Climate.  Pupils are required to observe issues from various standpoints and are expected to have a sound general knowledge of world events.  They will be expected to analyse material from relevant sources and take part in debates and role play.

The school follows the innovative and highly regarded WJEC B Specification.
The four units of the syllabus are:

  • 1. Challenges of Living in a Built Environment

    Quality of Living & Standard of Living
    Access to Urban and Rural Services
    Planning Issues in Urban & Rural environments
    Urbanisation
    Conflicting demands on Europe’s Countryside
  • 2. People and the Natural WorldClimate patterns including Climate change
    Ecosystems
    Droughts and Floods
    Water Supply
    Landform processes & people
  • 3. People, Work & Development
    Patterns of Employment
    Development
    Trade & Aid
    Multinational Companies & Globalisation
    Economic activity & the environment
  • 4. Problem Solving exercises for all topics

ASSESSMENT

Year 10
Challenges & Interactions in Geography (30%) 60 Marks – 1 hour written exam, unit 1 and unit 2                                 

Year 11
People, Work and Development (15%) 30 Marks – 30 minutes written exam, unit 3
Problem Solving (30%) 60 Marks – 90 minutes written exam
Controlled Assessment (25%) – Enquiry Fieldwork with a trip Unit 1/2/3


KS3 Curriculum

Humanities Year 8

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