GCSE History


Examination Subject History
Examination Qualification GCSE
Examination Board WJEC
Tiers of Entry Single Tier of Entry ( 9 - 1)


Course Content:                 

Unit 1: Depth Study – The Elizabethan Age 15558 -1603

Students will consider selected themes and issues relating to the history of England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Candidates will be required to consider the religious settlement of England, Elizabeth’s control of government and the key events of the period. Students should develop an awareness of how aspects of life in Elizabethan England in this period have been represented and interpreted and they should also investigate any relevant issues using a range of historical sources.

Unit 2: Depth Study – Germany in Transition, 1919-1939

Students will consider the factors which led to the rise of the Nazi regime, the impact of change on the lives of the German people and the significance of the war for Germany. This consists of the following units: The rise of the Nazi Party and its consolidation of power, c.1929-1934; changing life for the German people, 1933-1939; and war and its impact on life in Germany, 1939-1947.

Unit 3: Outline Study – The Development of the USA, 1930-2000

Students will consider the developments, events and personalities which have shaped the recent history of the USA. This consists of the following units: Changing life in the USA; Changing attitudes to the race issue in the USA; and the USA and the wider world.

Unit 4: New Examined Unit – Medicine through Time

Students undertake an investigation into an issue of historical change across a period of 1000 years. This unit will look closely at the extent of early medical knowledge and examine the development of medical treatment across the period. This will also include the study of a historical site. This unit will no longer be completed by Controlled Assessment but will be an examined unit on Medicine through Time and the historic site.

Aims of the Course:

Students will be encouraged to investigate and understand relevant historical issues across a wide period of time. The course will give students an opportunity to acquire the skills used in evaluating evidence.  An aim of the course is to provide students with the ability to write well-structured essays and to encourage students to adopt an enquiry based approach to the study of history.                                                

Assessment of Course:

There will be four written papers: Each are equal to 25% of the marks.

Controlled Assessment details:

Candidates are required to complete two Studies in Depth and two Studies in Breadth. This requires the answering of questions set, evaluating selected sources and explaining the formation of different interpretations. 

Final Exams:

·        The Studies in Depth papers will be examined in June 2018.

·        The Studies in Breadth papers will be examined in June 2018.

Progression from this examination:

Students can move on to A/AS Level History, A/AS Level Law and then university.

Careers Information:

Essential for Journalism, Law, the Police and most aspects of Education. Useful for Travel, Leisure, Citizenship, TV Researchers and Conservation Work.

Further Information:      See Mr Petrie