What is History?
You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that involves learning about and discussing the kind of historical changes that have shaped today’s world. There are key terms that you will need to master, dates that you will need to memorise, and a lot of content to understand: History is a demanding course but highly rewarding for those with interest and commitment.
Studying History encourages you to produce strong and reasoned arguments, based on the evaluation of evidence. You should find that you become more critical of arguments, politically aware and self-confident in framing and expressing your own views. These skills are for life.
Who might enjoy this course?
You will develop critical reasoning and analytical skills, including the capacity for solving problems and thinking creatively. Studying History encourages intellectual rigour and independence, including the ability to conduct detailed research.
What about exams? What will I study?
Your course will involve two studies of British History, and two studies of global history:
•Health and the people 1100AD to the present day.
•The later Elizabethan period – this will include the Armada, the succession
crisis and a study of a historically significant location such as a house, castle or battlefield.
•Conflict & Tension 1918 – 1939: The Inter-War years and the rise of Nazism
What could I do next with GCSE History?
History GCSE is highly regarded as it represents a strongly academic, literate and challenging qualification. These skills are the foundations of many a career in the law, journalism, academe, archaeology and business. Students who have enjoyed GCSE History often look not only to progress to A Level History, but to include studies in Politics, International Relations and Philosophy.