GCSE History provides students with the opportunity to discover a range of time periods, including medieval, Elizabethan and the 20th Century. The course runs from September to May, with examinations taking place in June.
A good grasp of written English is highly recommended, for example a grade C or above at GCSE.
Germany 1890 – 1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
This period focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.
Conflict and tension: the inter-war years, 1918 – 1939
This focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it. This topic also considers the role of individuals and groups in shaping change, as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.
Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day
This focuses on the development of medicine and public health in Britain over a long period of time and examines the impact of factors such as war, superstition and religion, and science and technology. It will also explore how and why the pace and scale of medical development varied at different times as well as assessing the impact of medical progress on people and society.
Elizabethan England, c1568 – 1603
This allows students to study the last 35 years of Elizabeth I’s reign, focusing on major events and considering them from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints. It will also assess the impact of her reign and why she is considered by many to be one of the greatest monarchs in English history.
The historic environment of Elizabethan England
Students will focus on a specific site in depth in its historical context and they will examine the relationship between this and events and developments during the wider Elizabethan period.
There will be two public examinations that assess the GCSE History course:
Paper 1: Understanding the modern world (Germany & Conflict and Tension)
Paper 2: Shaping the nation (Health and the People & Elizabethan England)
No specialist equipment is needed. However, textbooks can be recommended as well as online resources.
As an academic course, this GCSE provides a basic introduction to a range of different historical topics that are required in further qualifications.
This qualification promotes strong analytical and reasoning skills which are valuable in many vocations.