Students can choose GCSE History as one of their options at KS4

What will I study as part of GCSE History?

International Relations 1945-1979

  • Who was to blame for the Cold War and what was the Iron Curtain.
  • How close did we come to Nuclear war over the Cuban Missile Crisis.
  • Why did the United States lose the Vietnam War.
  • What caused the Soviet Empire in Eastern Europe to collapse.

USA 1919-1940

  • The 1920s in the United States (the ‘Roaring Twenties’, boom, women, prohibition, gangsters)
  • The Wall Street Crash in 1929
  • The Great Depression of the 1930s.
  • The New Deal

The Rise of Hitler and the Nazis (controlled assessment topic)

  • How Hitler came to power
  • The Nazi State
  • Treatment of the Jews in Germany under the Nazis

Britain 1906-18

  • Women’s struggle for the vote
  • Home front during World War One
  • Liberal Reforms

How will I learn this?

Textbooks, film and video, Internet research, interactive activities, group work and discussions.
The course will give you the opportunity to present your views and opinions by writing reports, diaries, newspaper articles and TV documentaries.
You will develop empathy along with skills in research, report writing and communicating ideas.

What is the exam format?

Final examinations:
Two written exam papers of 2 hours and 1.5 hours

Exam Board : OCR

What careers or courses might this lead to?

The GCSE course prepares you very well for AS and A2 level History if you wish to take it at college.

Careers for which History is especially useful are journalism, law, communication, advertising and media.

Useful website links:

BBC Bitesize revision links for:

USA 1919-1939

The Rise of Hitler and the Nazis

Britain 1906-18

Additional Resources:

SAM Learning

Fast Past Papers

Revision World

OCR Past Papers

John D Clare

Mr Allsop History Revision