Assessing students’ understanding of the historic environment in the new GCSE history courses from 2016

As we await the verdict of OFQUAL on the draft submissions for the new 2016 GCSE history courses, one of the more interesting outcomes will be that relating to the different ways the boards have treated the study of historic environment. The offerings of the different boards couldn’t very more widely.

To recap.

AQA
AQA will announce the sites to be assessed when it has had its proposal approved but we know that the case studies will be drawn from the Norman, Medieval, later Elizabethan or Restoration periods. It will be embedded in the British depth studies and will be worth 10% of the final marks.

AQA will publish the specific sites three years in advance on their website. The board may well have difficulty ensuring that the resources for this wide range of constantly changing options are always available to schools when they start teaching the topic.
Edexcel
Edexcel offer three options:

a. Crime and Policing in Whitechapel from 1870-1900
b. Surgery and Treatment on the British Western Front 1914-18
c. London and the Second World War 1939-45

I don’t know about you but the first two seem very far-fetched. You can see the third one working but it

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