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Welcome to the LHS History Department

Why should I study History?

But why should I choose to study History? 

The History Department at Llanishen has experienced teachers and a strong tradition of successful subject teaching.

 

Teaching Staff

 

Mr I. Beck  (Head of History)

Mrs H. Sweet Jones (GCSE & A Level)
Mr M. Furnham (GCSE & A Level)

Ms K. Hinchey (Y7 & Y8 Teacher)
Mr J. Pontin (Y7 & Y8 Teacher)
Ms. G. Evans (Y7 & Y8 Teacher)

Key Stage 3 Information

We are currently working hard with other subjects within the Humanities AOLE to improve our KS3 provision ready for the exciting new Curriculum for Wales.  Below is our current curriculum offering at KS3:

Year 7 topics 

Year 8 topics

Assessment

 

Key Stage 4 Information

History is a popular GCSE option at LHS.

At GCSE, we follow the WJEC specification. Information and the full specification can be found here.

Year 9  - Crime & Punishment
(1500 to the present day)

  • The causes & nature of crimes
  • Enforcing law and order and combatting crime
  • Attitudes to and methods of punishment
  • Historic site: Nineteenth century Merthyr Tydfil

Year 10 - Changes in South Africa
(1948 - 1994)

  • Why was the apartheid system established?
  • The effects of the apartheid system
  • Opposition to apartheid system in South Africa
  • The role of key individuals in the opposition
  • International opposition to apartheid
  • Changes to apartheid in the 1980s and 90s: Botha and de Klerk
  • The end of apartheid

Year 11 - Depression, War & Recovery
Wales & England (1930-1951) 

  • Causes of the Great Depression c.1930-2
  • Life during the Great Depression c.1930-35
  • Preparations for WW2 c.1936-9
  • Life During Wartime: the Home Front 1939-45
  • Keeping Up Morale: media and propaganda 1939-45
  • Life After the War: the Labour Government of 1945-51

 

Assessment

In year 10, our students undertake non-exam coursework, writing on:

  • Racial Segregation in 1950s USA
  • The career and impact of Dr Martin Luther King

Additionally, students typically attempt Germany 1919-39 in the Summer Term of Y10, with an option to resit a year later. Coursework is started following the exam and completed by Autumn half term Y11. The remaining two papers are attempted at the end of Y11.


Unit

Type of Assessment

Weighting

Unit 1

Studies in Depth – Wales and the wider perspective

(1C Depression, War & Recovery)

Written examination: 1 hour.
 
Assessed by compulsory questions. These will focus largely on the analysis and evaluation of historical sources and interpretations. There will also be questions testing second order historical concepts
25%
Unit 2
 
Studies in Depth – History with a European / world focus
 
(2D Changes in South Africa)
Written examination: 1 hour.
 
Assessed by compulsory questions. These will test second order historical concepts and also analyse and evaluate historical sources and interpretations.
25%

Unit 3

Thematic studies from a broad historical perspective

(3A Changes in Crime & Punishment)

Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes
 
The Thematic Study will include the study of an appropriate historic site and its significance.
 
Assessed by compulsory questions focusing extensively on second order historical concepts including continuity, change, cause, consequence, significance, similarity and difference.
30%

Unit 4

Working as a historian

Non-exam assessment

The non-examination assessment will involve the completion of two separate tasks, one with a focus on source evaluation within the creation of an historical narrative and one with a focus on the formation of different historical interpretations of history:

  • Racial Segregation in 1950s USA
  • The career and impact of Dr Martin Luther King
20%

Resources

 

Key Stage 5 Information

At A level we follow the WJEC specification. Information and the full specification can be found here.

Year 12

Period Study: Europe in an Age of Conflict and Cooperation, 1890-1990
  • International Relations 1890-1939: causes of WW1 and WW2
  • Italy 1918-45: the rise and fall of Mussolini and Fascism
  • Germany 1918-45: Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Russia 1905-45: the fall of Tsarism, the Revolutions of 1917, Soviet communism under Lenin and Stalin
  • International Relations 1945-90: Cold War, the EEC

 

Depth Study: The Mid-Tudor Crisis in Wales and England, c.1529-70
  • Wales and the ‘Acts of Union’
  • The Reformations of Henry VIII and Edward VI
  • Politics: the rise and fall of Thomas Cromwell, the regencies of Somerset and Northumberland
  • Rebellion, Protest and Disorder: The pilgrimage of Grace 1536-7, The Western and Kett’s Rebellions of 1549
  • Interpretations: traditionalist, revisionist and contemporary takes on this history

Year 13

The USA c.1890-1990
  • The Struggle for Civil Rights: changing attitudes 1890-1945, the Civil Rights campaigns 1945-68, Consequences of the Civil Rights Movement 1968-90, What changed?
  • Making of a Superpower 1890-1990: Change and Continuity in US Foreign Policy, WW2 and the Cold War 1941-75, Détente and the end of Cold War 1975-90, Similarity and Difference 1890-1990

The Mid-Tudor Crisis c. 1553-70
  • Social and Economic Developments in England and Wales: poverty & unrest, the advance of the Welsh gentry after the Acts of Union, towns trade and industry
  • Mary Tudor 1553-8: the rebellion of 1553 against Lady Jane Grey, the Spanish marriage, Wyatt’s Rebellion 1554, factional conflict in government, restoring Catholicism, religious persecution
  • The Elizabethan Religious Settlement: Puritanism, Catholics and the Rebellion of the Northern Earls 1569
NEA/Coursework essay

A 4000 word essay. Students can write on the development of an historical debate or controversy from any period of their choice (except the Tudor depth study).

 

AS - Topics and Assessment

Unit

Assessment

A level weighting and marks

Content and question type

AS Unit 1 - Period Study: 

Europe in an Age of Conflict and Cooperation, 1890-1990

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes 20% of qualification
(60 marks)

 

Open ended questions with a focus on relevant historical concepts.

AS Unit 2 - Depth Study:

The Mid-Tudor Crisis in Wales and England, c.1529-70 

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes 20% of qualification
(60 marks)
Evidence based questions with focus on the evaluation of historical sources and different interpretations.

 

A2 - Topics and Assessment

Unit

Assessment

A level weighting and marks

Content and question type

A2 Unit 3 - Breadth Study:

Global Systems and Global Governance

Written exam: 2 hours 20% of qualification 
(60marks)
Essays focused on relevant historical concepts and based on historical themes

A2 Unit 4 - Depth Study:

Contemporary Themes in Geography

Written exam: 2 hours 20% of qualification
(60 marks)
A source based question and an essay arising from further study of the depth study chosen for AS in Unit 2.

A2 Unit 5 - Historical Interpretations:

Independent Investigation

Non-exam assessment: 3-4000 words 20% of qualification (60 marks) Focusing on a specific historical problem or issue. 

Resources

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