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GCSE History

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Why study History?

Exam board: OCR

Component Group 1 (J410/02):

Period study and non-British depth study: International relations: the changing international order 1918-2001

Non-British depth study: Germany 1925-55: Democracy to dictatorship and division

Component Group 2 (J410/08):

British thematic study: Migration to Britain c.1000-2010

Component Group 3 (J410/11):

British depth study: The impact of Empire upon Britain, 1688-1730

Study of the historic environment: Urban Environments: Patterns of Migration

At Chelsea, GCSE History covers a wide variety of subjects from both British and World history, spanning over 1000 years. The International Relations unit provides a comprehensive overview of the interwar period, Cold War and post-Cold War world, providing students with an introduction to why global politics is structured how it is in the 21st century.

The connected unit, Germany, 1925-55, investigates Germany’s drift into totalitarianism, the Second World War and aftermath. Migration to Britain explores Britain’s history of diversity and immigration, with themes such as imperial expansion providing context.

By the end of GCSE history, students will be equipped with the ability to analyse and interpret historical events and sources as well as express these in essay form.

What is covered by the course?

International Relations, 1918-2001; Germany, 1925-55; Migration to Britain c.1000-2010; The Impact of Empire upon Britain, 1688-1730

How is it examined?

Component Group 1 (J410/02) 1hr 45mins; 50% of total qualification.

Component Group 2 (J410/08) 1hr; 25% of total qualification.

Component Group 3 (J410/11) 1hr 15mins; 25% of total qualification.

Suggested reading:

OCR GCSE History: Modern World History: Period and Depth Studies – Ben Walsh

OCR GCSE History: Migration – Martin Spafford, Dan Lyndon, Hakim Adi, Marika Sherwood