GCSE History

Studying History teaches students: to conduct independent research, to identify the problems inherent in a question, to assess the arguments and evidence of others, to analyse primary data, and last but not least, to construct coherent arguments in an accessible and persuasive way. These are all skills which complement and are applicable across the academic curriculum and in the world of work. Above all History is enjoyable and intellectually stimulating! The GCSE course will provide you with an understanding of many of the most important events of the twentieth century and also the way in which Britain has developed since 1000.


GCSE historians will follow the AQA GCSE History specification. For further information please see the AQA website.

Students will be required to study:

  • A period study: Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship. This unit focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change which includes the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.
  • A wider world study: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-72. This will include the origins and development of the Cold War after 1945.
  • A thematic study:  Health and the people: c1000 to the present day. This will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed In Britain over a long period of time.
  • A British depth study (including the historic environment):  Elizabethan England, 1568-1603.

Methods of teaching:

The course is based on enquiring and problem solving in which examination of primary sources is of prime importance. Candidates will be expected to read widely and be prepared to discuss and participate actively in class. This GCSE course is demanding but rewarding. The impressive grades achieved in recent years have been gained as a result of hard work on the part of both pupils and teachers.