The Maidstone and Malling Alternative Provision offers GCSE History to all pupils who can access the syllabus. Using data obtained through baseline assessments on entry and Key Stage 2 data, a personalised approach is taken to ensure that students’ gaps in knowledge are addressed immediately. Through the facilitation of discussion and exploration of local, national and international topics, we aim to develop and extend our students’ prior knowledge and provide them with the key skills needed to be successful at GCSE and in the wider world.
In Key Stage 4, pupils study the Pearson Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) History (1H10) specification. Delivery includes; classroom based discussion, research and knowledge acquisition along with off-site visits and personal investigation.
The History GCSE course works towards examination in the summer term of year 11. The terminal examination consists of 3 papers as follows:
Paper 1 - Thematic Study and Historic Environment
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification
Students take one of the following options:
10: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
11: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
12: Warfare and British society, c1250–present and London and the Second World War, 1939–45.
13: Migrants in Britain, c800–present and Notting Hill, c1948–c1970.
Section A: historic environment
Students answer a question that assesses knowledge plus a two-part question based on two provided sources.
Section B: thematic study
Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students answer one from a choice of two.
Paper 2 - Period Study and British Depth Study
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
40% of the qualification
Students take one of the following British depth study options:
B1: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
B2: The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189–1216
B3: Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40
B4: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
Students also take one of the following period study options:
P1: Spain and the ‘New World’, c1490–c1555
P2: British America, 1713–83: empire and revolution
P3: The American West, c1835–c1895
P4: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
P5: Conflict in the Middle East, 1945–95.
Booklet P Period study
Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students select two out of three parts.
Booklet B British depth study
Students answer a single three-part question that assesses their knowledge and understanding. The first two parts are compulsory. For the third part, students select one from a choice of two.
Paper 3 - Modern Depth Study
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
30% of the qualification
Students take one of the following modern depth studies:
30: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917–41
31: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
32: Mao’s China, 1945–76
33: The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.
Students answer a question based on a provided source and a question that assesses their
knowledge and understanding.
Students answer a single four-part question, based on two provided sources and two provided interpretations.
If the pupil is supported at home and in school they will have a greater chance of GCSE success. Pupils should be encouraged to discuss, at home, the topics they have studied and to complete any personal study that may be necessary.
Equally, any contributions or questions concerning the History course are always welcome and could enhance the learning for pupils.