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Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 Description to follow soon.

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Key Stage 4


GCSE History CCEA Syllabus

Unit One – 60%

Candidates are required to undertake two Studies in Depth

  • Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–45;

  • Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1965–98

There will be one exam paper at the end of Year 11, which is 1hr 45mins long.

Pupils will be expected to answer all questions from both sections.

Unit 2 Outline of Study – 40%

International Relations, 1945–2003

In this unit, students focus on the significant events and developments associated with the Cold War and the new ‘war on terror’.

Candidates will also undertake a 1hr 15 min exam in Year 12.

This is a new syllabus introduced for Sept 2017, there is no Controlled Assessment, and the pupils will be entered into a non-tiered exam.

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Key Stage 5


Location: Laurelhill Community College

Specific Entry Requirements: Grade C in GCSE English essential A minimum of Grade B in GCSE History is desirable.

Course Content: The course allows students to consolidate their knowledge and understanding gained at GCSE. This provides students with a solid foundation of knowledge on which they can build. Skills of source analysis and interpretation will be enhanced. 

Students study two units at both AS and A2 level AS (40% of final A Level award):

  • AS 1 Germany 1918 – 1945 Weimar and Nazi Germany (20%) 

  • AS 2 Russia 1914 – 1941 (20%) A2 (60% of final A Level award) 

  • A2 1 Clash of Ideologies 1900 – 2000 (20%) 

  • A2 2 Partition of Ireland 1900 – 1925 (20%)

Assessment Methods: 100% Examination

Progression: History is much more than learning about the past. It provides students with a wide range of skills which are transferable and highly sought by employers. Students can develop highly effective research skills and learn to prioritise and evaluate information. They can develop the self-confidence to form their own opinions and arguments which can be illustrated with both evidence and historiography. They will be able to write their arguments in a clear and coherent manner. Such skills are highly desired by employers and will benefit students in further education. Many History students pursue interesting and rewarding careers eg. police, media, politics, teaching, lecturing and business. As Professor Nicholls of Manchester University states: “With a history degree you can aspire to be prime minister, overlord of the BBC, famous lawyer, diplomat, accountant, famous comedian, business multimillionaire or celebrated pop musician.”

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