GCSE History



Qualification: GCSE

Exam Board: Educas (WJEC) 

Tier of Entry: Single


History is not compulsory at GCSE, however students are strongly advised to pick either Geography or History, in order to study the EBacc

History GCSE enables pupils to engage with a wide range of historical topics and concepts, this in turn ensures that they can make sense of the world they live in and equips them to be critically thinking and engaged global citizens. Pupils will be encouraged to investigate and understand relevant historical issues across a wide period of time. The course will give pupils an opportunity to acquire the skills used in evaluating evidence. An aim of the course is to provide pupils with the ability to write well-structured essays and to encourage them to adopt an enquiry based approach to the study of history.   


Course Content and Assessment: 

Unit 1: Depth Study –  The Elizabethan Age 1558 -1603 (1 hour exam)

Pupils will consider selected themes and issues relating to the history of England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Pupils should develop an awareness of how aspects of life in Elizabethan England in this period have been represented and interpreted.

Unit 2: Depth Study – Germany in Transition, 1919-1939 (1 hour exam)

Pupils will consider the factors which led to the rise of the Nazi regime, the life for the German people in the Weimar period, the impact of change on the lives of the German people and the significance of the war for Germany.

Unit 3: Breadth Study – The Development of the USA, 1929-2000 (45 minute exam)

Pupils will consider the developments, events and personalities which have shaped the recent history of the USA. Pupils will study this US history thematically through focuses on social, economic and political change, the Cold War and the Civil Rights Movement.

Unit 4: Breadth Study – Changes in Health and Medicine c500-Present Day (1 hour 15 minutes exam)

Pupils 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, either the plague village of Eyam or the development of medicine on the Western Front in the First World War.

Resources for the GCSE exam assessed in the Summer of 2018 onwards including the specification and specimen papers can be found on the Eduqas website on the link below:




Homework at KS4 is set at the beginning of a unit of study; pupils are given a Revision Study Booklet which they are expected to complete at home throughout their learning. The booklet contains a selection of activities and exam practice which enables pupils to consolidate their knowledge from lessons, or complete revision activities in preparation for formative and summative assessments.



Pupils are strongly advised to get the department revision study cards for each unit of study. These cards are a deposit of £2 per pack and they contain all of the historical knowledge pupils need for their GCSE.

Pupils can also complete revision using the website below:




History is considered a strong subject by many 6th forms and colleges, universities and employers as it gives students a wide range of skills and knowledge from a range of other disciplines.

A number of our students each year go onto study A Level History, and it has links with A Level Politics, English, Philosophy and Law.

At University, students may study History itself or a range of History related degrees such as History of Art, Classics, Ancient History, Politics or Law.



History is a very well respected subject and pupils who study History go into a wide range of careers, these include:

  • The Heritage Sector (museums, galleries, heritage sites)
  • National and Local Government
  • Law
  • Journalism and the Media
  • Archaeology and Conservation
  • Record Offices, Archives, Libraries and Universities
  • Education
  • The Third Sector (Charities)
  • The Police and Armed Forces

For more information on History related careers, visit the Historical Association website.


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For more details please email the Head of Department Ms A Whittle at whittlea@bp.lewisham.sch.uk