GCSE History Course
Exam board: WJEC
Exam code: 3820QS
What is History?
History is the study of key features and characteristics of historical periods. Students will develop skills which enable them to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations in the context of historical events studied. They will learn how to use a range of source material to comprehend, interpret and cross refer sources. They will also develop skills to explain, analyse and make judgements about historical events and periods. Students will be taught how to apply their understanding to succeed in the examinations.
Which subjects combine well with History?
History combines well with a number of other subjects. English Literature, Government & Politics and Economics are obvious examples, but History also complements a more Science based programme showing an ability to write analytically and understand current events in their historical context.
The WJEC GCSE in History is attractive, giving learners the opportunity to study:
- specific aspects of the past in depth (short term), and breadth (medium and long term)
- history in a variety of geographical contexts: local, British and European and/or
wider world settings
- continuity, change, cause, consequence, significance and similarity and
difference over different periods of time both short term, medium term and long term
- Welsh history and a Welsh perspective which arises naturally from the subject
matter which enriches learners’ understanding of the world around them
The WJEC GCSE in History encourages learners to:
- develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its
intrinsic value and significance
- develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specific historical
events, periods and societies
- develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of Welsh history and the Welsh perspective in history
- acquire an understanding of different identities, including their own, within a
society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity
- build on their understanding of the past and the diversity of human experience
through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study
- improve as effective, independent and resilient learners and as critical and
reflective thinkers through a process of historical enquiry
- develop the ability to ask relevant and considered questions about the past and
to investigate historical issues critically
- acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example, that
history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that
some historical judgements may be more valid than others
- develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills
- develop the ability to construct valid and realistic historical claims by using a
range of sources in context
- develop a critical appreciation of the concept of historical significance and why
some people, events and developments are seen as historically significant
- develop a critical appreciation of how and why different interpretations have been constructed about historically significant people, events and developments
- make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and
aspects of the past
- organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in
different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.
This unitised qualification will be available in the summer series each year.
There are three written papers,. In the Unit 4 paper, you will be required to answer an essay question.
Exam Access Arrangements
Exam access arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.
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