History GCSE

The course

History is the study of not only what happened in the past but also why events followed certain patterns and why people made the choices that they did. Students explore the 20th century from 1919, a period which might still be remembered by their older friends and relatives. Students choosing History should enjoy reading and be prepared to study primary source material in an attempt to analyse what people in the past wanted to achieve, both from their own words and from the judgement of historians.

Students receive 3 hours of tuition per week. The subject material is studied in the Autumn and Spring terms. ThenSummer term focuses on revision. Regular homework and tests mean students consolidate their knowledge and study skills and receive essential exam practice.

How is the course assessed?

Unit 1

1 hour 45 minute exam, 37.5% weighting

Students study International History, 1919-1955. In the exam they answer three questions.

Unit 2

1 hour 45 minutes exam, 37.5% weighting

Students study in depth three periods of national history, to be chosen from significant periods of German, Russian and United States history. In the exam they answer one question on each area.

Unit 3 · Historical  Enquiry

This unit is completed in class. The students will write responses to two questions on Britain in the 20th Century. The enquiry is worth 25% of the total marks and students are expected to write up to 2000 words in total under controlled conditions.


AQA GCSE History B: International Relations in the 20th Century
By D. Ferriby et al
Published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 9781408503010

AQA GCSE History B: Twentieth Century Depth Studies
By D. Ferriby et al
Published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 9781408503218

AQA GCSE History B: Historical Enquiry
By D. Ferriby et al
Published by Nelson Thornes, ISBN 9781408503225

Further reading to be recommended at the start of the course.

Exam Board and Specification Codes

AQA History B (Modern World) 9145 (legacy)