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GCSE History course is a relevant and interesting one which will encourage you to be reflective and think critically. Our course is designed to enable students to use sources of information to argue ideas effectively taking into account other people’s opinions.

Students will learn how past events have shaped our community, nation and the world today. The exam board we use is Edexcel.

Students will study four topics:

The GCSE History course is split into early modern and modern historical units. 50% of the history studied will be British with the remaining history units exploring the rise of the Nazis and the changes in America during the 19th century.


Paper 1. Medicine and Public Health in Britain Through Time 1250- present – EXAM (1hr 15 minutes)

Paper 2. Germany 1918-39 – EXAM (1hr 20 minutes)

Paper 3. Elizabethan England 1558-88 and American West– EXAM (1hr 45 minutes)

Exams account for 100% of the final grade and will consist of short and long extended written answers.

Paper 1 and 2 are worth 25% of the final grade

Paper 3 is worth 50% of the final grade.

Progression/Further Study

AS Level History (see College prospectus or website for GCSE grade requirements). History teaches skills that are very valuable for the study of many subjects at a higher level. AS Level History is a preferred subject for many Law Degrees. A-Level and AS History are well regarded by universities as a challenge which prepares young people well for life and important careers.

Period 6 is usually on Wednesdays from 3pm to 4pm.

Revision Central Links

GCSE History Syllabus

Unit 1: Schools History Project Development Study Option 1A: Medicine and public health in Britain
Unit 1: Revision Guide

Unit 2: Schools History Project Depth Study Option 2C: Germany, 1918–45
Unit 2: Revision Guide

Unit 3: Schools History Project Source Enquiry Option 3C: The impact of war on Britain c1903–c1954
Unit 3: Revision Guide