History GCSE

Core Subject

Exam Board: AQA       
Course Leader: Miss Dani Briggs

Successful learner profile:
  • Someone who enjoys studying the past.
  • An independent thinker with an open mind.
  • Disciplined and prepared to work hard.
  • Good at problem solving and analysing situations.
  • Is able to pick out the essential from the trivial.

Why study History?
  • Develop your curiosity and become an investigator. Research some topics for yourself, to form your own opinion and argue your case.
  • History provides an opening to a wide range of careers. You will gain vital key skills such as, problem solving, analysis of evidence, empathy and teamwork. These skills are essential, not only for history and other subjects but for a wide variety of careers you may wish to pursue in the future.
  • History is a key subject in the English Baccalaureate

What will you study?

You will study four units:
  • Period Study: America 1920-1973 Opportunity and inequality.
  • Thematic Study: Health and the People (medicine) c1000 to present day.
  • Wider World Depth Study: Conflict and Tension between East and West 1945-72
  • British Depth Study: Norman England c1066-1100
 
How will you be assessed?

Paper 1 Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 84 marks (including four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) • 50% of GCSE Questions
  • Section A – six compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Plus four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Section A:Period Study: America 1920-1973 Opportunity and inequality.
  • Section B: Wider World Depth Study: Conflict and Tension between East and West 1945-72

Paper 2 Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes • 84 marks (including four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar) • 50% of GCSE Questions
  • Section A – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)
  • Plus four marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar
  • Section A: Thematic Study: Health and the People (medicine) c1000 to present day
  • Section B: British Depth Study: Norman England c1066-1100