GCSE History

Why do GCSE History?

As well as being a fascinating subject, GCSE History is also an extremely useful qualification. It is highly respected by colleges, employers and universities because historians develop high-level transferable skills such as evaluation, synthesis and the ability to present a clear argument.


History is useful for students who wish to follow the following careers. For example:

  • Data Analyst
  • Social Services
  • Civil Service
  • Politics
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Education
  • Archaeology
  • Leisure e.g. Museums
  • Secret Service
  • International Relations
  • Police
  • Medicine


The Course

Two main units:



  •  Germany 1919-1945 - Depth Study of Germany after the Great War, with a focus on the rise of the Nazis and Hitler's Germany.
  • Medicine Through Time - Breadth Study of developments in cures, surgery and public health from prehistoric times up to the modern day- covering 4000 years of history!


Coursework: History Around Us (25%)

This unit involves a visit to the Galleries of Justice Museum and the coursework involves an extended piece of writing (about 2,000 words). The work assesses students understanding of the Museum's interpretation of Crime and Punishment at the end of the C18th and early C19th.




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Revision Guides

All 3 books contain Medicine and Germany with lots of exam advice.


GCSE History Schools History Project:
Complete Revision and Practice Guide
(Bitesize GCSE) By AllanTodd
Paperback: 168 pages
Publisher: BBC Active; 1 edition (Jan 2010)
ISBN-10: 1406654434
ISBN-13: 978-1406654431


OCR (A) GCSE Schools History Project:
By Louise O'Gorman
My revision notes
Publisher: 978 1 444 15854 0


GCSE History Schools History Project
The Revision Guide (Jan 2010)
Coordination Group Publications
ISBN 978 1 84762 281 5



History GCSE is broken down as the following:

  • 75% Exams (2 separate exams; 45% Paper One Medicine Through Time and Germany 1918-45, 30% Paper 2 Evidence Skills and Medicine through Time)
  • 25% Controlled Assessment (History Around Us) The Galleries of Justice

Exam Results 2013 (96 students)

  • A*-G 100%
  • A* – C 89%
  • A*-A 51%