GCSE History

Option Subject


The History course is specifically designed to extend and enthuse students. They are encouraged to interpret, use and evaluate source material. Students will also develop essay writing skills and the ability to present a coherent argument in a concise historical style. Students will also learn about international relations - what led to conflicts between countries, and how these conflicts were settled.

Learning Outside of the Classroom - Trips and Visits 

In February 2020, History GCSE students will have the opportunity to visit the historical cities of Munich, Nuremberg and Berlin. This is pertinent to their studies of both Weimar and Nazi Germany in Unit 3 and the Cold War in Unit 2. The trip will be running again in February 2022.

Students in Years 10 and 11 are also encouraged to join the Historical Society. We meet every half-term to debate historical issues outside of the syllabus. We also attend day conferences to listen to current historians speak about their specialised subject. Previous visits include David Starkey on the Tudors, Richard Evans on Germany history and Robert Service on Russian history.

Course Content

Examinations for Units 1, 2 and 3 are at the end of Year 11.

Successful results for the History department at GCSE

  • 2019 - 30% 9-8 (A*)
  • 2018 - 53% 9-7 (A*-A)
  • 2017 - 50% A*-A, 88% A*-B
  • 2016 – 56% A*-A, 84% A*-B, 95% A*-C

Beyond GCSE

The study of the past generates constant debate, encourages inquisitiveness and develops analytical evaluation. History is a popular A level subject and opens a wide range of future career opportunities including law, archaeology, international relations, journalism, politics and the Civil Service.