History GCSE

History GCSE 2022-03-15T12:36:53+00:00

History GCSE

What will you study?

GCSE History is intended to provide students with a thorough understanding of how the world we live in today has developed. The units of study covered are engaging, relevant and build on their learning in Ks3. Our first unit begins with a British depth study into Early Elizabethan England. Students study aspects of social, political and economic life between 1558-88. Through their thematic study, Migration in Britain, students examine the complex history of Britain from the year 800 until contemporary society through the lens of the people migrating into Britain who have shaped our past and present. We then consider the failure of the Weimar Republic and the rise of the Nazi Party in Germany. Totalitarian dictatorship in Germany is studied, with an emphasis on how the Nazis were able to consolidate and control their hold on Germany. Finally, students look beyond Europe in their study of Super power relations in the Cold War. We examine the origins of the Cold War and the variety of conflicts, uprisings, near nuclear wars and diplomatic ties that continue to define global relations today.


A vast range of careers need communication, evidence gathering, analytical and problem solving skills. These include law, journalism, politics, teaching, social work, advertising and publishing and museum curation. Moreover, History is a highly respected academic subject that will enhance your CV and application for university.

The Course

To be successful in GCSE History you will need to express and develop your own ideas through debate. You will develop your ability to understand a range of historical sources e.g. cartoons, speeches, posters, maps, newsreels and statistics. You will be required to work independently both in the classroom and at home and in small groups.

  • c800-present Migrants in Britain and Notting Hill (Historic environment) c800 to present
  • 1558-88 Early Elizabethan England
  • 1918-39 Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • 1941-91 Super power relations and the cold war

How will you be assessed?

There will be examinations at the end of Year 11.

This will consist of 3 papers:
Paper 1 – Migrants in Britain (30%)c800 to present (thematic study) 20% with Notting Hill 1948-1970 (historic environment) 10%
Paper 2 - Super power relations and the cold war (40%)1941-91 (period study) 20% and Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 (British depth study) 20%
Paper 3 - Weimar and Nazi Germany (30%)1918-39 (modern depth study) 30%