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Time Allocation: History is a GCSE option choice; therefore, during KS4, 2 hours per week are allocated to its study.

Exam Board: AQA

Course Content: This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of thecourse. GCSE History students must take assessments in both of the following papers in the same series:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

The GCSE History content comprises the following elements:

• one period study

• one thematic study

• one wider world depth study

• one British depth study including the historic environment.


Year 9

Year 10

Year 11


  • Paper 1: Cold War: 1945-1972


  • Paper 2: Britain Health and the people
  •  Revision


  • Paper 1:Cold War: 1945-1972


  • Paper 1: Russia: 1894-1945



  • Paper 2: Britain Health and the people


  • Paper 2: Norman England  




  • Revision


  • Paper1: Russia: 1894-1945
  •  Paper 2: Norman England
  • Revision

Formative Assessment:

Assessment will take place at regular intervals throughout the course. This will include both formal class based source or ‘essay’ style assessments (typically one every half term) and weekly homework.

Summative Assessment:

Students will sit two exams at the end of Year 11. This means that students must be prepared to work hard throughout the course, and maintain good records in order to make revision easier. (NB exam is now judged on the students’ ability in Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar.)


Why you should consider studying History:

The History GCSE is a vibrant and dynamic course, crucial in helping us fully understand key events of the Twentieth Century that helped to shape the world we live in.  It is ideal for students who want to understand the world of the early 21st century by a detailed study of the main factors which shaped it during the 20th century. Students are helped to develop the skills to: draw unbiased conclusions from a variety of types of evidence, express ideas clearly both in discussion and writing, work independently.

What skills profile a GCSE History student should have:

You should consider studying History if you have developed skills in:

  • organising material
  • making judgements on historical events
  • comparing and contrasting opinions
  • shown the ability to write at length on specific issues

What opportunities will a GCSE in History lead to?

The skills in thinking, arguing and communicating that you will develop in this subject are transferable to a wide variety of different professions and careers, and indeed becoming increasingly called upon in the world of work. History is highly regarded by future employers and further education establishments as an academic subject of some weight.  A good pass in this subject creates a very favourable impression. There are numerous career paths one can follow as a result of studying of History, including careers in: law, administration, education, the civil service, arts, writing, journalism, media, curators, and politics.

Famous Historians include: Gordon Brown - former PM; Louis Theroux- TV documentary maker; Salman Rushdie- writer; Sacha Baron Cohen- comedian; Michael Palin Comedian/Journalist; Jonathan Ross Broadcaster/TV presenter

For more information, contact Mrs Kouttis