History

Course Overview

Are you curious, articulate, imaginative or argumentative? Are you interested in your world and how it came to be like it is? If the answer to any of these questions is yes, then studying History in the Sixth Form might be for you.

Anyone who comes to Stonyhurst is immediately struck by the sense of history in the buildings and in the traditions. We have a significant collection of books and historical artefacts in the Arundell Library simply waiting to be discovered.

The History Department Stonyhurst aims to develop interest in both Modern and Early Modern history. Topics can be selected from the Eleventh to the Twentieth Century.

We aim to develop the knowledge and understanding of as wide a range of periods as possible and to take advantage of the spectacular array of source material that is available to us in the Stonyhurst Collections.

Students are very well prepared for university, as demonstrated by the high levels of success achieved in further education by former students in recent years.

Curriculum

Year 10-11

A knowledge of History will change your life. You will always want to know the truth about how things really are. The skills that you will learn at GCSE will enable you to work out the truth of any situation for yourself, to express your ideas clearly and to have confidence in your ability to argue your case. Today it is more important than ever before that as many people as are able to, have an effective working knowledge of the past. Life is changing so rapidly. People forget so much so easily. The quotation below can be seen at the entrance to the main exhibition room at Auschwitz, where over one million Jews were gassed during the Second World War as part of Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’. It gives a stern warning of the potential dangers of living in ignorance of the past: ‘The one who does not remember History, is bound to live through it again.’

Course Content – Examination Board: AQA History Syllabus 8145
The course consists of two papers both of which are taken at the end of the course:
Paper 1: Understanding the modern world
Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Subject content
The GCSE History content comprises the following elements: one period study one thematic study one wider world depth study one British depth study including the historical environment.

Component 1: Understanding the modern world
Section A: Period studies 1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
Section B: Wider world depth studies Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

Component 2: Shaping the nation
Section A: Thematic studies 2A Britain: health and the people
Section B: British depth studies including the historical environment Elizabethan England, c1568–1603 18

Component 1: Understanding the modern world
How it's assessed written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) 50% of GCSE
Section A – six compulsory questions (40 marks)
Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks) Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Component 2: Shaping the nation
How it's assessed written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) 50% of GCSE
Questions Section A – five compulsory questions (40 marks)
Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks) Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Higher Line and Higher Education Options
Many of our GCSE pupils will continue to study History to a higher level, either at A Level or IB. Each year, several Stonyhurst pupils go on the study History at university. History provides an ideal preparation for anyone wishing to follow a career in Law or the media. Recent publications by the HMC, the Russell Group and the University of Cambridge have confirmed the place of History among the list of subjects that are most valued by universities.

A Level (sixth form)

Year 1
English History – Lancastrians, Yorkists and Tudors 1445-1509
World Study – The First Crusade and the Crusader States 1073-1130

Year 2
The Catholic Reformation 1492-1610
Coursework Research Investigation of 4000 words on any topic you choose

IB (sixth form)

Standard level
Paper One: The Move Towards Global War: Japanese Expansion in East Asia (1931-1941), German and Italian Expansion (1933-1940)
Paper Two: Authoritarian States (20th Century), Causes and Effects of 20th Century Wars

Higher level
Paper Three: An additional paper studying: Europe and the First World War (1871-1918), European States in the Inter-War Years (1918-1939) and Diplomacy in Europe (1919-1945)

Our IB Diploma Programme is designed to produce highly-educated all-rounders who embrace social responsibility, intercultural awareness, and a duty to local and global communities to make an increasingly complex world a better place.