GCSE History

How will this course help me?

Studying History will help you to develop the following skills:
• Making reasoned decisions and formulating arguments
• Improving literacy skills
• Researching and processing a range of information
• An understanding and appreciation of what it was like to live during some of the most dramatic times in our history
• An understanding of why the world today is like it is
• The ability to talk more confidently about serious issues

There are many more skills that you acquire over the two year course, all of which are valued by colleges and employers alike. Of course, while doing this, you will be looking at the most interesting people and events that have impacted both the world and Britain.

Our course follows the new specification and ensures a substantial study of history as its structure embeds the requirement to study history across three eras, three timescales and three geographical contexts.

How will I be assessed?

Students will sit two exams at the end of the course, each of equal weighting:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world (50%)

This paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and covers the following topics

a. Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
b. Conflict and tension, 1918—1939

Paper 2: Shaping the nation (50%)

This paper is 1 hour and 45 minutes long and covers the following topics

a. Britain: Health and the People, c. 1000 to present day
b. Elizabethan England, c. 1568—1603

History is one of the subjects in the English Baccalaureate.
This makes it a sought-after and well respected subject at the top universities.

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