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Key Stage 4

Year 10 and 11 students follow G.C.S.E courses



Why should I study G.C.S.E.?

History at GCSE offers an exciting opportunity to analyse, identify and evaluate a range of sources. History develops your communication skills and studying the subject will show you how to research. History is also useful as it provides you with the tools necessary to compile an argument, and support it with evidence. Opting for history at GCSE can contribute to the subjects required to gain the English Baccalaureate. Taking history means that you will be able to get involved with various learning activities, such as role playing, debating, hot seating, watching movies, quizzes and developing those all important essay writing skills.

History (9-1) 

Students follow the AQA specification. They sit two examinations, which contain two topics each. Paper one focuses on engaging students in understanding history in the modern world. Section A of the paper, the period study on Germany, will allow students to explore in greater detail political and social change over a period and the consequences of it. Whilst the wider world depth study gets students to think about the complex situations of other countries. In paper two, the thematic study of Medicine gives a great overview and insight into the changing world and factors that affected its course and progress right up to the present day.  Finally, the British section, including a historic environment allows students to study the relationship between a place and historical events and developments.


  • Germany, 1890-45: Democracy and Dictatorship: Students will look at the rule and abdication of the Kaiser, the rise and fall of the Weimar Republic, as well as the creation of a dictatorship under Hitler and about what it was like to live in Nazi Germany (25
  • Conflict and tension in Asia 1950-75: Students will look at the origins of Korean and Vietnam war. How they progressed and how the war impacted on the USA.
  • Health and the People: This unit includes medieval to present day medical developments in beliefs about the cures of diseases, improvements in anatomical knowledge, factors that caused change as well as an exploration of surgery and the growth of public health.
  • Elizabethan England: Students will explore life in Elizabethan times, her Court and Parliament, as well as enemies abroad and at home. Students will also study a site from the period and evaluate its significance.


Paper 1: Modern World - A two hour exam, made up of 10 questions (5 on Germany, 5 on Conflict in Asia) worth 50%

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation - A two hour exam, made up of 8 questions (4 on Health, 4 on Elizabethan England) worth 50%