History (GCSE) -


Examination Board



Overview of the course

This course will enable you to:

·         Acquire knowledge and understanding of the human past;

·         Investigate historical events, people, changes and issues;

·         Develop understanding of how the past has been presented and interpreted;

·         Analyse historical sources;

·         It should also stimulate interest in the past and provide a sound basis for further study.

Course content:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

·         Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and

·         Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

·         Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

·         The American West, c1835–c1895

Paper 3: Modern depth study

·         Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

How you will be assessed


Assessment and duration

Percentage of overall qualification

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

Exam – 1 hour 15 minutes


Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

Exam – 1 hour 45 mins


Paper 3: Modern depth study

Exam – 1 hour 20 minutes


All exams will take place in the summer of Year 11. Students who successfully complete this course will be awarded a GCSE graded on a nine point scale: 1 to 9 – where 9 is the best grade.

A variety of question types are used, including the following:

·         Questions based on visual and written sources.

·         Assessing the usefulness of sources based on knowledge of the historical context.

·         Making sense of a series of events.

·         Explaining the importance of an event/person/development.

·         Evaluating different interpretations of a Historical event.

All of these will assess your Historical knowledge as well as how you apply this to a range of sources and interpretations.

Post – 16 courses available to you:

You can go on to study History at A level, which is currently available in The Sandon Sixth Form.