History is a vibrant exciting, informative and vital part of any person’s development, it is a subject not just for
school but for life! Our society today has not emerged by magic overnight, it has evolved over centuries and we
can only understand where we are now and where we might be in the future, by understanding where we have
Through history we look at different ideas, cultures, religions and interpretations; this is the single
most important lesson of history, understanding different points of view. In this way we can help to break down
prejudice and ignorance, to make the world a more harmonious place. History is vital to help prepare our pupils
to be better prepared for the outside world and to make them better citizens.
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why choose history for gcse?
What does studying history involve?
Our GCSE is designed to engage you with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain
and the wider world and give you skills that will support progression to further study of
history and a wide range of other subjects.
Edexcel GCSE History 9-1:
During Year 10 and Year 11 you will study four units that will be examined at the end of Year 11. The GCSE is assessed by 100% exam. The four units you will study over the two years.
Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30% of GCSE) Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present and Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of GCSE) - Spain and the ‘New World’, c1490–c1555 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of GCSE) Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
How will I know if I will be good at it?
We will provide you with a range of resources to help you prepare for the assessments, including:
● specimen papers to support formative assessments and mock exams
● levelled exemplars of student work with examiner commentaries.
In Year 10 students visit the Tower of London during the summer term as part of their Elizabethan England and Crime and Punishment course.
In Year 11 students participate in a Jack the Ripper walking tour at night as part of their Whitechapel unit.