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GCSE History

Why choose this subject? 

History is continuously changing the world around us and historic events have helped to shape our society. Learning about past events and the people who’ve influences history is exciting.  It will allow you to understand how the world got to the point it is at now and how it will continue to develop into the future. As well as studying a wide range of exciting history, you’ll learn a range of handy skills that will help you excel at further study and future work. These include communication skills, problem solving, critical thinking and even data analysis. If History is an area that has always piqued your interest, and you are looking for a subject that is both exciting and useful, then studying GCSE History is a great way of broadening your knowledge and embarking on a fascinating career.  

Course content

In Year 10:

Modern Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

Evaluate the complex causes of the rise of Nazi Germany, including social, economic, political, cultural and military aspects.  Analyse a range of contemporary sources and later interpretations and form your own opinions on what life was like for ordinary Germans living under the Nazi regime.

Period Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Analyse the significance of events of the Cold War and connections that explain how and why these events unfolded to impact the world as they did, from the early tensions after World War Two to the fall of the Berlin Wall and its role in ending the Cold War.

In Year 11:

British Depth Study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88

Drill down on the short time span of the Norman Conquest of England to understand the complexities of society and the interplay of different aspects within it from the succession crisis of Edward the Confessor to methods used by William I to secure power in his new kingdom.

Thematic Study: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present.

Study ideas about the causes of disease and illness and the evolving approaches to prevention and illness.  Develop an understanding of the nature and process of change and the impact of individuals and institutions, science and technology and the attitudes of society have on this.

Study of a Historic environment: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Learn how the nature of the terrain and problems in transport and infrastructure and the continued advancement of warfare technology during the First World War led to innovative changes to medical treatment, surgery and medical infrastructure that revolutionised medicine today.

Possible careers

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Archeology
  • Marketing
  • Teaching
  • Heritage Manager
  • Museum Curator

If you have any questions about GCSE History, please contact Mr White, Director of Humanities or your history teacher.