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    Year 7

    •  What is History?
    • Roman Alcester (local History study)
    • The development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066- c.1500 (including the impact of migration to the British Isles, a theme continued in Years 8 and 9)
    • Islamic Civilisations

    Year 8

    • The development of church, state and society in Britain, 1509- c.1700
    • The French Revolution

    Year 9

    • Ideas, political power, industry and empire, c.1700- 1901
    • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present (including the Holocaust)

    Years 10-11

    The GCSE course follows the Pearson Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) Specification.  We cover the following units:

    Paper One: Thematic Study and Historic Environment (30% of the GCSE)

    Crime and Punishment in Britain from c.1000 AD to the present day.

    • The nature of criminal activity and changing definitions of crime
    • The nature of law enforcement and punishment
    • The influence of changes in society on crime and punishment
    • A case study on Whitechapel, c.1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city 

    Paper Two: Period Study and British Depth Study (40% of the GCSE)

    British depth study: Henry VIII and his Ministers, 1509-1540

    • Henry VIII as ‘Renaissance Prince’ and the policies of Cardinal Wolsey
    • The King’s ‘Great Matter’ and attempts to resolve this
    • Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power
    • Cromwell’s changes to government and reasons for his downfall
    • The Break with Rome

    Period study: The American West, c.1835-c.1895

    • The culture of the Plains’ Indians and early settlement of the West
    • The development of the Plains
    • Conflict on the Plains 

    Paper Three: Modern Depth Study (30% of the GCSE)

    Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939

    • The origins of and early challenges to the Weimar Republic
    • Hitler’s rise to power
    • Nazi control and dictatorship
    • Life in Nazi Germany