All of the GCSE courses are £30 per month for 12 months, payable by standing order.

This does not include textbooks or the exam. I can help and advise with exam booking but it does need to be booked by you. Any questions please ask!

GCSE Courses 2020 - 2021

History

 Exam Board: AQA

Units of Study:

• Period Study America 1840-1895: Expansion and Consolidation This unit focuses on the push west of the USA under the power of technology, the hunger for gold and manifest destiny. This unit encompasses the civil war, slavery and the lifestyle, culture (and ultimate genocide) of the Indigenous American populations. • Wider World Depth Study Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950 - 1975 This unit concentrates on the struggle between Communism and democracy in the Korean and Vietnam wars. How were these conflicts similar and how were they different?
• Thematic Study Migration, Empires and the People This unit follows the history of the movement of people both to and from Britain from Anglo-Saxon times to Brexit. Medieval wars with France, waves of immigration to the UK and the rise and fall of an Empire upon which the sun never set; this topic is massive and immersive.
• British Depth Study (including the study of an historic environment) Norman England 1066 - c.1100 This unit starts with the Norman conquest and looks at how this dynasty formed the Britain we know today. War, murder, betrayal and… accountancy, all the major themes will be studied. This unit also looks at an historic site in the form of the battlefield at Hastings where the Normans made their mark.

Examination: 2 exam papers of 2 hours each. There will be a range of partial and full mock exams throughout the year. This exam is common and can be sat in a range of centres around the UK. It is expected that you will find a centre at which to sit the exam. I am happy to help with this process but cannot legally sign up for you.

Additional Study: As this course is one year long, it is expected that you complete some work each week outside of lessons. Often this work will be specific homework tasks but tasks such as keeping your notes ordered, reading around the subject and (later in the course) revision are expected. I will happily help with any or all of this!

Textbooks Used: These textbooks will be provided at the start of the course on payment of the deposit of £50. If you own these books already there will be a reduction in the deposit.

AQA GCSE History: Understanding the Modern World (ISBN: 9781471862946) AQA GCSE History: Migration, Empires and the People (ISBN: 9781471886249) AQA GCSE History: Norman England 1066-c1100 (ISBN: 9781471863424)

Required Skills: This GCSE requires a love of history and an interest in how and why things are as they are today. History may not repeat itself, but it often rhymes.

Teaching Experience: I have taught History at GCSE level for many years with groups of all abilities, both in schools and smaller groups. I have an A-Level in History and a passion for reading around the subject. I have also created many units of work, lessons and revision materials for the history GCSE on the Twinkl website.

How Parents Can Help: Please be ready to encourage your child to keep ordered notes and files. This GCSE is particularly content-heavy and requires good organisation. Visiting museums and historic sites and reading around the subject is great.   

 

Geography

 Exam Board: Edexcel

Units of Study:

• River Environments (including river fieldwork) This unit looks at how rivers work, the hydrological cycle and how rivers are important to humans with ideas around how they can be sustainably managed. There will be fieldwork opportunities to get your feet wet and muddy!
• Hazardous Environments This unit explores the more deadly side of nature. Earthquakes, volcanoes, tropical storms, floods, droughts… There are many interesting ways in which the Earth can kill you!
• Economic Activity and Energy This unit looks at the way humans create economic wealth and manage energy resources. We’ll look at gaps between rich and poor and at the way in which energy is managed.
• Urban Environments (including urban fieldwork) This unit examines the growth of urban centres on our planet and the challenges that urban planners are faced with on a growing scale. There will be fieldwork opportunities to get out and talk to the people in an urban environment.
• Fragile Environments and Climate Change Are we pushing the planet past its limits? This unit helps us understand the pressures of humanity on the living systems of the planet.

Examination: 2 exam papers, one of 1 hour 10 minutes and one of 1 hour 45 minutes. There will be a range of partial and full mock exams throughout the year. I have chosen the iGCSE for this course as this makes it available to people from outside the UK and does not require fieldwork to be signed off by an exam centre. Edexcel can help you find a centre at which to sit the exam.

Additional Study: As this course is one year long, it is expected that you complete some work each week outside of lessons. Often this work will be specific homework tasks but tasks such as keeping your notes ordered, reading around the subject and (later in the course) revision are expected. I will happily help with any or all of this!

Fieldwork: There will be organised fieldwork trips to a river and urban environment in the spring of 2021. I will provide help to students further afield to organise their own fieldwork if they wish. We will work on data analysis and conclusions as a class however you choose to complete fieldwork (or not).

Textbook Used: This book will be provided at the start of the course on payment of the deposit of £30. If you own this book already there will be a reduction in the deposit.

Edexcel International GCSE (9-1) Geography Student Book (ISBN: 9780435184834)

Required Skills: This GCSE requires an interest in the world around us, both in terms of the people and physical processes. If you’re interested in how we interact with our planet (and how we could make this interaction more positive) this is the course for you.

Teaching Experience: I have taught GCSE Geography for over a decade in schools and outside of schools to small groups and private candidates. I have run many successful field trips and feel that as somebody who lives on this planet, I should probably be aware of what’s going on!

How Parents Can Help: Please be ready to encourage your child to keep ordered notes and files. This iGCSE really benefits from students keeping up to date with the news and useful books and documentaries. Also, going outside helps a lot!  

 

Religious Studies

 Exam Board: AQA

Units of Study:

• Study of Religions Christianity: Beliefs and Practices Buddhism: Beliefs and Practices These units focus on the key beliefs of a religion and the way religions encourage people to act in their lives. I have chosen Christianity as it is the most relevant religion to modern Britain in terms of percentage of believers. I have chosen Buddhism as it is a wonderful counterpoint to Christianity and an introduction to Eastern philosophy in general.
• Thematic Studies Family and Relationships This unit focuses on topics from marriage and divorce to sexuality, gender roles and the use of contraception. A wide range of religious and non-religious views are studied.
Religion, Peace and Conflict This unit asks why conflict occurs, whether conflict is ever justified and looks at issues surrounding terrorism and the use of nuclear weapons. A wide range of religious and non-religious views are studied.
Religion, Crime and Punishment This unit looks at the place of punishment in society with a special focus on the use of prisons and capital punishment. A wide range of religious and non-religious views are studied.
The Existence of God and Revelation This unit focuses on religious and philosophical arguments for the existence of god as well as the way god can reveal truth to humanity, including through science. A wide range of religious and non-religious views are studied.

Examination: 2 exam papers of 1 hour 45 minutes each. There will be a range of partial and full mock exams throughout the year. This exam is common and can be sat in a range of centres around the UK. It is expected that you will find a centre at which to sit the exam. I am happy to help with this process but cannot legally sign up for you.

Additional Study: As this course is one year long, it is expected that you complete some work each week outside of lessons. Often this work will be specific homework tasks but tasks such as keeping your notes ordered, reading around the subject and, later in the course, revision are expected. I will happily help with any or all of this!

Textbooks Used: These textbooks will be provided at the start of the course on payment of the deposit of £50. If you own these books already there will be a reduction in the deposit.

AQA GCSE (9-1) Religious Studies Specification A (ISBN: 9781471866852) GCSE Religious Studies for AQA A: Buddhism (ISBN: 9780198370321)

Required Skills: This GCSE requires a love of pondering the big questions in life and an interest in other people and cultures. There will definitely be viewpoints and ideas that you disagree with. If there isn’t natural disagreement within the group I will play devil’s advocate and take the dark side…

Teaching Experience: I have taught Religious Studies at GCSE level for over a decade with groups of all abilities, both in schools and smaller groups. I have a degree in Religious Studies and a passion for the subject.

How Parents Can Help: Please be ready to discuss the deepest topics known to human consciousness with your child whilst eating your tea! Encouragement to watch TV documentaries, thought-provoking films and to visit religious places of worship would be great. 

 

Classical Civilisations

Exam Board: OCR

Units of Study:
• Thematic Study Myth and Religion This unit dives deep into the religions and mythology of ancient Greece and Rome and compares the two. Using a range of original texts and artefacts, this unit covers topics such as the life of Hercules, the gods and journeys to the underworld.
• Literature and Culture* The Homeric World This unit uses literature and archaeology to examine the world described by Homer in his poetic works. From important historic Mycenaean sites to the tale of bold Odysseus, this unit aims to bring this ancient period to life.
• War and Warfare* This unit focuses on how and why war was waged in the ancient world. From Athens vs Sparta to the all-conquering Roman legions, this unit helps build a picture of warfare at this time by using the writings of some of the first historians to exist. *The examination will only require one literature and culture unit. We will study two as this gives each student a choice in the exam and, well, you can’t do too much learning can you?

Examination: 2 exam papers of 1 hour 30 minutes each. There will be a range of partial and full mock exams throughout the year. This exam is less common than the others I teach so you may need to hunt around for a centre. OCR can help with this, depending on your location. I am happy to help with this process but cannot legally sign up for you.

Additional Study: As this course is one year long, it is expected that you complete some work each week outside of lessons. Often this work will be specific homework tasks but tasks such as keeping your notes ordered, reading around the subject and (later in the course) revision are expected. I will happily help with any or all of this!

Textbooks Used: These books will be provided at the start of the course on payment of the deposit of £50. If you own these books already there will be a reduction in the deposit. If you have taken the course previously there will be no deposit.

OCR Classical Civilisation GCSE Route 1 (ISBN: 9781350014879) A professionally-printed collection of prescribed literary sources.

Required Skills: This GCSE requires a love of history and of piecing together meaning from old sources that are steeped in symbolism. A love of stories involving hydras and other beasties is great too.

Teaching Experience: I have taught Classical Civilisation at A-Level with private candidates and have a deep love of the ancient period. I am also a direct descendent of Zeus. But don’t let Hera know…

How Parents Can Help: Please be ready to encourage your child to keep ordered notes and files. This GCSE is heavily based on classical texts which we will not have time to read in their entirety during lessons. Any support with reading these texts would help your child a lot, (audio versions are really handy). 

 

Ancient History

Exam Board: OCR

Units of Study:

• Component 1: Greece and Persia Core Content + Alexander the Great, 356—323 BC These units focus on the relationship between Greece and Persia from the rise of Cyrus the Great to the destruction of the Persian Empire by Alexander.
• Component 2: Rome and its Neighbours Core Content + Cleopatra: Rome and Egypt, 69—30 BC These units track the rise of Rome from a kingdom to a Republic and compares the Romans to their neighbours. The second unit looks at the role of Cleopatra and the Egyptians in the fall of the Republic.

Examination: 2 exam papers of 1 hour 45 minutes each. There will be a range of partial and full mock exams throughout the year. This exam is less common than the others I teach so you may need to hunt around for a centre. OCR can help with this, depending on your location. I am happy to help with this process but cannot legally sign up for you.

Additional Study: As this course is one year long, it is expected that you complete some work each week outside of lessons. Often this work will be specific homework tasks but tasks such as keeping your notes ordered, reading around the subject and, later in the course, revision are expected. I will happily help with any or all of this!

Textbooks Used: These textbooks will be provided at the start of the course on payment of the deposit of £50. If you own these books already there will be a reduction in the deposit.

OCR Ancient History GCSE Component 1 Greece and Persia (ISBN: 9781350015159) OCR Ancient History GCSE Component 2 Rome (ISBN: 9781350015197)

Required Skills: This GCSE requires a love of ancient history and a desire to compare and contrast the lives and politics of the ancients to our own. If you feel a thrill when you hear names like Xerxes, Caesar or Cleopatra or have always wondered what it would have been like to fight at Thermopylae, this might just be the course for you.

Teaching Experience: I have taught History at GCSE level for over a decade with groups of all abilities, both in schools and smaller groups. I have also taught Ancient History at A-Level, but this will be my first time at GCSE.

How Parents Can Help: Please be ready to discuss epic ancient history with your child. Watching appropriate movies or TV will help as well as assisting them with keeping ordered notes.   

 

Environmental Management

Exam Board: Cambridge

Units of Study:

There are 9 topics covered in this iGCSE: • Rocks and minerals and their exploitation. • Energy and the environment. • Agriculture and the environment. • Water and its management. • Oceans and fisheries. • Managing natural hazards. • The atmosphere and human activities. • Human population. • Natural ecosystems and human activities.

Examination: 2 exam papers of 1 hour 45 minutes each. There will be a range of partial and full mock exams throughout the year. This exam is an iGCSE so it should be fairly easy to find a centre. Cambridge can help with this, depending on your location. I am happy to help with this process also but cannot legally sign up for you.

Additional Study: As this course is one year long, it is expected that you complete some work each week outside of lessons. Often this work will be specific homework tasks but tasks such as keeping your notes ordered, reading around the subject and, later in the course, revision are expected. I will happily help with any or all of this!

Textbooks Used: This textbook will be provided at the start of the course on payment of the deposit of £30. If you own this book already there will be a reduction in the deposit.

Cambridge IGCSE® and O Level Environmental Management Coursebook (Cambridge International IGCSE) (ISBN: 9781316634851)

Required Skills: This iGCSE requires an interest in practical geography and management of our environment and resources. This iGCSE requires good literacy skills as well as some basic scientific and mathematical abilities.

Teaching Experience: I have taught Geography at GCSE level for over a decade with groups of all abilities, both in schools and smaller groups. This will be my first year teaching the Environmental Management course but I am very familiar with the content.

How Parents Can Help: Please be ready to discuss land use and the environment with your child. Environmental Geography is a wonderful subject because every landscape is a talking point and a teaching opportunity!