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History Exam Information

GCSE

Course Content

Paper 1 - The 20th century: International Relations since 1919, including a Depth Study on Germany, 1919-1945 (40%)

  • Were the peace treaties of 1919-23 fair?
  • To what extent was the League of Nations a success?
  • Why did World War Two break out in 1939?
  • Who was to blame for the Cold War?
  • How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?
  • How secure was the USSR's control over Eastern Europe?

Paper 2 - Source analysis paper on a prescribed topic (33%). The topic changes each year: 

  • 2015-17 ‘Were the peace treaties of 1919-23 fair?’
  • 2016-18 ‘To what extent was the League of Nations a success?’ 
  • 2017-19 ‘How effectively did the USA contain the spread of Communism?’

2,000 coursework essay on an aspect of Germany, 1919-45 (27%)

Course Structure

Paper 1 - The 20th century: International Relations since 1919 (including a Depth Study on Germany, 1919-45) (40%)

Paper 2 - Source analysis (33%)

Coursework (27%)

Skills and Application

Year 9 will already have shown you some of the skills GCSE History will give you, such as how to put together a convincing argument, how to use evidence and how to work out when people are telling the truth. These skills are highly regarded by top universities and all manner of different professions. There is also an (optional) trip to Berlin in Year 11 to look at the rise and rule of Hitler, and Berlin in the Cold War.

History is not an easy GCSE. However, that is part of its appeal and why it is so highly valued. You cannot get proper answers to big questions like these by just scratching the surface, nor can you develop your analytical skills without effort. However, the most important thing is that our students love studying History, don’t mind the work, find it endlessly fascinating and gain invaluable knowledge, understanding and skills.

Reading and Resources

You will be provided with several textbooks for you to use both during lessons and at home. You should also make use of extra revision and consolidation resources found on Schoology.

Exam Board: Cambridge IGCSE

A Level

Course Content

The four units cover the following topics:

  • Paper 1: The Early Stuarts and the Origins of the English Civil War, 1603-1660 (Enquiry topic: The Execution of Charles I and the Interregnum, 1646-1660) 
  • Paper 2: The French Revolution and the Rule of Napoleon 1774-1815 
  • Paper 3: Russia and its Rulers, 1855-1964 
  • Coursework essay: The English Civil War and the Interregnum

Course Structure

From 2015, the reformed History specification will be a linear, 2 year course:

Paper 1 - British period study and enquiry (25%)

Paper 2 - Non-British period study (15%)

Paper 3 - Thematic study and historical interpretations (40%)

Coursework (20%)

Reading and Resources

You will be issued with several core texts which you are expected to bring to lessons. At A Level it is also essential that you independently read around the topics we study during lessons. Therefore, you will be provided with a list of recommended extra reading. You will also have access to our departmental library.

Exam Board: OCR