Students will follow the AQA GCSE history specification. This exposes students to the key events and personalities of both British and wider-world history and the impact they have had on our lives.
The new GCSE has two papers, each considering a different historical period. While Paper 1 looks into the modern world of the Twentieth Century, Paper 2 examines Ancient to Early Modern History with a focus on Elizabethan England.
The subject allows students to develop their analytical, essay writing and verbal reasoning skills. It will also give them a greater understanding of the world we live in, and allow them to become more knowledgeable about politics and citizenship.
History is an enjoyable and well-respected subject and enjoys consistently high GCSE results. Skills learnt in this subject will complement other areas of the curriculum.
Students have a number of opportunities to attend trips, which will support and further develop their knowledge. An example of this is visiting the historical environment studied as part of Elizabethan England.
Paper 1- Understanding the Modern World
Option 1D- America 1920-1973: Opportunity and inequality
Section B: Inter-war European conflict and tension, 1918-1939
Option 2A- Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
Section B: Elizabethan England, 1568-1603
The new history GCSE is assessed through two external examination papers one of which will include a study of historical buildings and sources, requiring an out of school visit. There is no longer a coursework requirement.
The content and concepts developed in history GCSE prepare students for academic A-Level subjects including history, politics, English, law, geography, religious studies and social sciences.
History is a very well-respected subject by universities and is considered by the Russell Group of top Universities as one of the seven most ‘enabling’ subjects to opt for.