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

What will I study as part of GCSE History?

  • The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603 – Elizabeth’s popularity, lifestyles for rich and poor during the Tudor period, the religious problems, threats against Elizabeth, the Spanish Armada.
  • Germany in Transition, 1919-39 – Problems with the Weimar Republic, the rise of the Nazis, life in Nazi Germany, Hitler’s foreign policy (lead up to WWII).
  • The Development of the USA, 1929-2000 – the depression, boom in the 1950s, changes in popular culture (Music, Film, TV), the Cold War (Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam), the war with Iraq.
  • Changes in Crime and Punishment in Britain, 500-present – changes in crime, punishment and policing – e.g. the Bow Street Runners, the introduction of the police force, the development of forensic science and DNA.

How will I learn this?

Textbooks, film and video, Internet research, interactive activities, group work, discussions. The course will give you the opportunity to present your views and opinions by writing and reading reports, diaries, newspaper articles and TV documentaries.

What is the exam format?

Component 1: 50% of grade

  • The Elizabethan Age – 1 hour exam
  • Germany in Transition – 1 hour exam

Component 2: 50% of grade

  • The Development of the USA – 45 minute exam
  • Changes in Crime and Punishment – 1 hour 15 minute exam

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


Additional Resources:

SAM Learning

You Tube – Cold War


You Tube – The History Teacher – Elizabeth I