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GCSE History

Exam Board: Edexcel

Level: 2 (Grades 9 to 1) 

What Will I Learn?

•  To develop your knowledge and coherent understanding of selected periods, societies and aspects of history

•  To develop your awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different              reasons and purposes

•  To develop your ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources in    their historical context

•  Enable you to organise and communicate your historical knowledge and understanding in creative and different ways              and reach substantiated judgements

•  Recognise that your historical knowledge, understanding and skills help you understand the present and provide you with a    basis for your role as responsible citizens, as well as allowing further study of history.


These are the units that we will be studying at GCSE History:

  •  Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city. (30%)
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 (30%)
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 (20%)                                     
  • The American West, c1835–c1895 (20%)

How Will I Learn?

As a history student, you will never experience the events that you study; instead you have to build up a picture from the evidence that has been left. You have to become skilled at asking questions, sometimes awkward questions; you have learned not to take everything at face value. You have to develop empathy and understanding of the actions and achievements of others; you have to be prepared to put your case and argue it well; you have to use evidence to draw conclusions and make judgements


How Will I Be Assessed?

The Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in History consists of three external exams of 1 hour and 15 minutes (3 hours 45 minutes overall).

The total qualification mark is 168, of which 8 marks are for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology (SPaG).

Students must complete all assessment in May/June in any single year


Where Might It Lead?

History is excellent training for any career where you have to use evidence or make decisions, especially where those decisions affect other people. History students are not just limited to "becoming another history teacher" (unless they want to of course!) Nor are they destined to gather dust in a museum or library (again unless they want to!) There are so many careers out there that require the skills that a study of history can bring; law, medicine, business, finance, accountancy, tourism, town planning, politics and journalism.