The Bluecoat Wollaton Academy History curriculum is designed to provide a chronological and narrative account of English, British and international history. Our knowledge-based curriculum is accessed through overarching key enquiries, supported by lesson enquiries with second-order concepts at their core such as change and continuity, cause and consequence, significance, similarity and difference, sources and interpretations. We aim to provide a diverse experience through historical scholarship woven throughout each year group, with extended writing opportunities provided for students to deliberately practice their writing, coming from explicit teaching of historical writing. Our ambition is to broaden our historians wider cultural literacy through mini-research opportunities outside of lessons, while interrogating conflicting and diverse historical interpretations within lessons. Through direct instruction of writing techniques, we aim for students to not only understand the broader narrative in history, but to question, challenge and construct historical arguments rooted in the discipline.
AQA GCSE History (8145)
This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. GCSE History students must take assessments in both of the following papers in the same series.
Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
How each paper is assessed:
- Written exam: 2 hours
- 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)
- 50% of GCSE
- Germany: six compulsory questions
- First World War: four compulsory questions
- 80 marks + 4 SPAG
- Health: four compulsory questions
- Elizabethan England: four compulsory questions
- 80 marks + 4 SPAG
Studying History provides an excellent opportunity to develop transferable skills that can be applied to a vast range of different career paths. Click here for examples of some of the employability skills History can provide.