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  World Studies Department    
Civil War Re-enactment Day 2010
  Head of Department (including Opening Minds): Miss V Myers      
  All students study the following GCSE: AQA History Specification B (Full course)
  This includes:      
  In Year 10
  • Causes of World War I
  • Treaty of Versailles and
  • The League of Nations
  • The Causes of World War II
  • The Early Cold War 1945-49
  • The British People in War (coursework)
  • Revision
  In Year 11      
  • The British People in War (coursework)
  • Germany 1918-39
  • Race Relations in the USA 1955 - 68
  • Revision
  The exam consists of 3 papers:
  Paper 1: International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the 20th Century
Paper 2: Twentieth Century Depth Studies: Governments in Action
Paper 3: Coursework.
  All students sit the Unit 1 exam in June of year 10 and Unit 2 in June of Year 11.
There is the option to re-sit Unit 1 in Year 11.
  Papers 1 and 2 count for 75% of the final mark.
Paper 3, the coursework, is worth 25%.
  Why study History?      
  This is simple to answer - for the key life skills that you will learn. These include:
  • The ability to communicate both verbally and on paper.
  • The ability to evaluate and analyse information.
  • The ability to reason and think through a problem.
  • The ability to use evidence to support and substantiate your point of view or opinion.
  • The ability to develop your own ideas and views.
  • The ability to plan.
  • The chance to develop confidence.
  What can you do with History?
  History is a useful, and often necessary, subject for many careers. Also many colleges, universities and employers recognize and value the skills that you will have developed while studying History. History can be useful in many areas and not just those connected with studying the past. For example in:
  Conservation work, environmental work, town planning, building restoration and tourism.presenters.      
  History is also a superb qualification for lawyers, the police, those interested in a career in politics, journalists, and TV      
  Statistically the History department at JSTC achieves excellent results:      
  63% 2006/07
65% 2007/08
75% 2008/09
  Over the last 3 years 50% of students who take History have improved by one whole grade
(e.g. Predicted a D but achieved a C).
  25% of students have actually improved by two grades.      
  The Facts:      
  If you select History you will have 3 lessons per week.      
  History is a demanding subject and requires real commitment from the student. There will be homework at least once a week.      
  It is a challenging subject but one that offers many rewards and benefits to those who study it. Finally History is still recognized by employers and colleges as a very worthwhile academic GCSE.      
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