History Course Outline

Qualification - GCSE

The course provides the opportunity to study 20th century history in both breadth and depth. It builds on KS3 study; preparing students for A-level study. Students also are able to identify themes in history from a study of over a 1000 years. Studying a historic environment students will learn how past societies lived. The site will change every year.

Paper One
Period Study: America 1920-1973

Opportunity and Inequality

• America and its people in the boom
• “Bust” Americans’ experiences of the Depression and the New Deal
• Post War America and Civil Rights

Wider World : Conflict and tension 1875-1918

• The Causes of First World War
• The First World War
• The end of the War

Paper Two

Shaping the Nation : Health and the people

C1000 to the present day

Historical Environment: Elizabethan England

Skills Required

• Have a reasonable standard of written English
• An interest in learning about the past
• Willingness to take part in discussion and debate
• Positive work ethic

Assessment Method

Paper One: Written Exam – 1 Hour 45 minutes
Paper Two: Written Exam – 1 Hour 45 minutes

All exams will be taken at the end of Year 11. There is no controlled assessment.
AQA will no longer be offering an Entry level in this exam. All students will sit the same exam.

Post 16 Opportunities and careers

Choosing history at GCSE will provide you with plenty of opportunities for further progression. At AS/A Level, in colleges and universities, history is a very relevant subject. For example, many professions such as medicine and law feel that history opens the minds of students. Therefore, history can gain you entry into a wide range of careers, including television, radio, journalism, the police force, social work and the civil service.


“I took History because I have a personal interest in the syllabus and think it is both a relevant and necessary subject to take in order to understand the Modern World”.

'Who controls the past controls the future: who controls the present controls the past’- George Orwell



Videos from the Department

Mrs Thompson introduces the History course, who teaches the subject and what you will explore during GCSE.