History GCSE


History is an increasingly valuable subject, highly regarded by educational establishments and employers alike. Studying history helps pupils to discover how the world today has evolved and provides them with the context to understand the society in which they live. It helps pupils to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly and to express their own opinion.

Units of study

Pupils will study three units:

Unit 1 (30%)

A thematic study based on the history of warfare and British society, c1250-present. Pupils will also undertake a historic environment study based on London and the Second World War.

The exam is 1 hour and 20 minutes in duration.

Unit 2 (40%)

Combines a British in-depth study on the reigns of King Richard and King John, 1189-1216 with a period study based on superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991.

The exam is 1 hour and 45 minutes in duration.

Unit 3 (30%)

Comprises of a modern in-depth study based on Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-1941.

The exam is 1 hour and 15 minutes in duration.