KS4 History


Subject Staff Leader
Mr Jon Bister – bisterj@ridgewayschool.com


Board – Edexcel
Units & Codes:

1HI0/11— Exam : 1 hour 15 mins

  • Medicine in Britain, c.1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914:1918:injuries, treatment and the trenches -30%

1HI0/ 26/27– Exam: 1 hour 45 mins

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91-20%
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c.1060-88- 20%

1HI0/31– Exam: 1 hour 20 mins

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39—30%


Assessment of Course
The History exam paper is not tiered.  This means that you have as much chance of getting an A* as anyone else in your class.
There are three examined papers with different sections that are worth different weightings. All topics will be taught along with exam skills over the two year course.


Course Content
History GCSE is focused on the development of Medicine in Britain, the impact of war on surgical development, superpower relations during The Cold War, the Norman conquest of England and Nazi Germany.
The course will enable you to develop a variety of skills, which will help you in your general academic studies and transfer to your future career.
History GCSE enables you to develop your ability to analyse key features and events, evaluate a range of sources of information including interpretations of events, people and issues, and develop your ability to structure arguments.
These skills are useful in every aspect of life, even if you don’t do History after GCSE.
The History department currently visits Berlin in Year 10 to learn more about the key events in Germany’s history whilst under Nazi rule. With the new GCSE specification being introduced from September 2016 we will ensure further extra curricular History opportunities are available to support the learning of our students.
The skills which you develop on the course means that it is highly valued by universities and employers. It is a favoured subject by many top universities. It is useful for a huge range of careers including law, journalism, media, The Police, The Armed Forces, teaching, medicine and business.


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