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GGSE History

Subject Leader: Miss L Martin
What Specification (syllabus) is being taught?
Edexcel GCSE History
What are the key topics and themes? When will they be taught?
Paper 1:
● Western Front 1914-18, surgery & treatment – Historic environment
● Medicine through Time c1250-present – British thematic study


Paper 2:
● The American West – Period study
● Norman Conquests – British depth study


Paper 3:
● Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 – Modern depth study
● Year 9 students will cover Paper 1 content and the American West.

● Year 10 students will cover the remainder of American West and Anglo-Saxons and Normans (Paper 2).
● Year 11 students will cover Weimar and Nazi Germany and revision of all 3 papers in preparation for final exams.
How will my son or daughter be assessed? When do these assessments take place?
Paper 1- 30% 1 hour 15 mins
Western Front 1914-18, surgery & treatment – Historic environment. This section of the
paper is based on primary historical sources.

● Describe 2 features of.... (4)
● How useful are Sources A and B for an enquiry into....? (8)
● How could you follow up Source (A/B) to find out more about....? (4)
Medicine through Time c1250-present – British thematic study
● Explain one way in which X was (similar/different) to Y. (4)
● Explain why.... (12)
● (Statement) How far do you agree? Explain your answer. (16+4)

Three questions assess knowledge and understanding. First two questions are compulsory;
the third is a choice of one from two.
Paper 2 - 40% 1 hour 45 mins
The American West – Period study
● Explain two consequences of.... (8)
● Write a narrative account analysing.... (8)
● Explain two of the following:

The importance of X for Y. (2x8 16)
Three questions assess knowledge and understanding. First two questions are compulsory;
the third is a choice of two from three.
Anglo- Saxon and Norman England – British depth study
● Describe two features of.... (4)
● Explain why.... (12)
● (Statement) How far do you agree? Explain your answer. (16)
A single three-part question assesses knowledge and understanding. First two parts are compulsory; the third part is a choice of one from two.
Paper 3 30% 1 hour 15 mins
Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 – Modern depth study

Section A
● Give two things you can infer from Source A about.... (4)
● Explain why.... (12)
Two compulsory questions that assess knowledge and understanding.


Section B
● How useful are Sources B and C for an enquiry into....? (8)
● What is the main difference between the views? (4)
● Suggest one reason why interpretations 1 and 2 give different views about....? (4)
● How far do you agree with interpretation (1/2) about....? (16+4)
A single four-part question based on two provided sources and two provided
interpretations.
What can my son or daughter do to support their learning at home?
What materials are provided or available online?
Make use of their Knowledge Book - there is one provided with each exam paper. These
include all the content required and past paper questions with worked examples. These
are accessible on the Google Classroom.


BBC BitesizeSeneca
(Ensure you filter it down to Edexcel, GCSE materials and pick the relevant topics.)