Portchester Castle

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Key Stage 4

The following syllabus is applicable to those pupils sitting their GCSE in 2016 and 2017.

At Key Stage 4 pupils will follow AQA History A GCSE.  AQA Schools History Project has three elements to the course, which are designed to give differing perspectives on the study of history.

Medicine Through Time – a study of the development of a single aspect of history from prehistory to modern day.

Local Historical study – a local study based on a site investigation of Portchester Castle.

Germany 1919-1945 – an in depth enquiry into a period of history crucial to the development of the modern world.


The assessment of this specification involves two examinations and two controlled assessments.  The controlled assessment element amounts to 25% of the total marks and consists of two enquiry questions of 1,000 words each based on the development of Castles.  This is to be completed under controlled conditions within the classroom.    There are two separate examination papers to be taken at the end of year 11.  Paper one covers Medicine through Time worth 35%, paper two will cover Weimar and Nazi Germany and is worth 40% of the total marks.  Both written papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.


Key Stage 4  – New syllabus with first assessment in 2018

The following is the new History GCSE with the first year to sit this examination being in the summer of 2018.

At Key Stage 4 pupils will follow OCR GCSE History B (Schools History Project).

OCR GCSE history has five topics, tested across three exam papers. Each topic is worth 20% of your marks. Together these will give you a grade from 1-9.


Paper 1

Thematic Study: The People’s Health 1250 to present day

British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest 1065-1087


Paper 2

History Around Us: Portchester Castle


Paper 3

Period Study: The Making of Modern America, 1789 – 1900

World Depth Study: Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945