an introduction to gcse history

Why choose GCSE History?

History offers the opportunity to investigate the past and to recognise parallels and patterns that are still relevant today. Pupils develop an awareness of significance, change and continuity, cause and consequence and similarity and difference while learning skills to investigate and debate the past with confidence. GCSE History enables pupils to be curious and to stretch themselves to investigate events and people. It provides fascinating human stories as well as helping to students to develop as 21st century world citizens by recognising the impact of historical events that still reverberate today.

Periods of Study

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

Britain: Migration, empires and the people: c790 to the present day.

Restoration England, 1660–1685

History in the Sixth Form

Studying History provides students with skills of analysis which are invaluable in many jobs. A-level History is a stimulating and challenging subject.

The A-level is split into three components. Students will study 1485-1603 The Tudors, a breadth study; and The American Dream, Reality and Illusion 1945-1980, a depth study. Additionally, students will undertake a coursework essay on Witchcraft in Early Modern Europe. Each of the units reflect the political, economic and social changes within the countries across the relevant period.

Studying A-level History hones skills that are highly sought-after by employers and History graduates can go on to anything and everything. Careers in politics, journalism, PR, marketing, consultancy or business are not unusual, but this list is by no means exhaustive.