GCSE History

Why Study GCSE History?

History is a useful subject for improving your skills of analysing evidence and developing clear arguments in writing or the spoken word, as well as improving your ability to develop your own opinions. History is particularly useful for many careers including law, journalism and commerce.

In this fascinating and relevant course you will study some of the major events of the twentieth century which can help us to understand the nature of the world today. 

It is important to carefully consider evidence and decide what is true and reliable, and what is false and untrustworthy. You will be expected to think for yourself, ask questions, make decisions and organise your ideas clearly.

What is the course about?

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World (1 hour 45 minutes written paper worth 50% of the final mark)
Section A: America 1920-73: Opportunity and Inequality - this course looks at the USA during a turbulent half century of change which saw the 'American dream' contrasted with poverty, discrimination and prejudice.
Section B: Conflict and Tension 1918-39 - this course focuses on the challenges Europe and the world faced in the aftermath of the First World War, and the challenges to the peace settlement which resulted in the origins of the Second World War.
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation (1 hour 45 minutes written paper worth 50% of the final mark)
Section A: Health and the People C.1000 to the present day - this is a thematic study which enables students to gain an understanding of how medicine and health developed in Britain over a period of time. Students will study certain factors which shaped the development of medicine and health including: war; the role of individual governments; change; religion and the role of the individual.
Section B: British Depth Study: Elizabethan England c.1568-1603 - A depth study of the last 35 years of Elizabeth's reign focusing on major political, religious, social and cultural events including the Spanish Armada, the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, the Northern Rebellion and the importance of Shakespearean theatre.