Course Leader:              Mr Billimore

Contact Email:               pbillimore@tgschool.net

The study of History is the study of the peoples, cultures and institutions of the past. We offer an exciting introduction to the subject at Key Stage 3, learning about protest and revolt through time. Beginning with Boudicca and her importance locally we travel right the way through to World War 1.

We focus on the importance of the skills History can provide to young people, developing outstanding analytical and evaluative skills in our pupils which lead to a healthy ability to question the world we live in.

At GCSE we examine the American West and the movement of people from the Atlantic to Pacific coasts as well as an in depth study of the Native Americans. We then go on to study the Vietnam War for our controlled assessment at the end of Year 10. To end the course in Year 11 we look at the history of medicine through time and examine some of the gruesome diseases and heroic doctors combating disease through the ages.

GCSE History


Examination Board:      Edexcel

Assessment:                   100% examination


What does the course involve?

The course involves studying four very different types of History.

  • A study of Modern America 1954-1975; the course will focus on the struggle for Civil Rights and the conflict in Vietnam.
  • A British depth study based on Norman and Anglo-Saxon England c 1060-1088; will focus on the Norman invasion under William the Conqueror and its impact on all aspects of English society.
  • A period study of the American West c 1835-1895: we will consider the clash of cultures between the American Indians and the European Settlers in the nineteenth century.
  • A thematic study of Medicine in Britain from c1250 to the present. We will consider why and how medical practice has changed and progressed through the centuries. As part of this section of the course a special study will be made of the historic environment in this case it will be injuries, treatment and the trenches in the British of the Western Front in the First World War.

Differences from Year 9

GCSE History is a demanding, rigorous academic course, with an emphasis on extended writing, thinking skills and the application of historical knowledge. Some of the content studied at key stage 3 will be developed further such as the Norman Conquest and the First World War, but most of the topics will be new.

Skills developed

Studying History at GCSE level will allow you to develop your thinking and reasoning skills, improve your analysis of different types of evidence and will allow you to produce cogent arguments.

A Level History


Examination Board:   Pearson Edexcel

Specification:                9H10


What Will I Study?

Paper 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89

In this unit you study how the republic, set up after the First World War, was turned into a dictatorship under Hitler. Then, after the Second World War, how West Germany had to deal with the legacy of the Nazis. A special case study is based on how far Hitler was responsible for the outbreak of the Second World War.


Paper 2: The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy, c1911–46

In this unit you will learn about the nature of the profound political, economic and social changes experienced by the Italian people in the years c1911–1946 and how the failure to create a stable, democratic Italian state in the early twentieth century led to the rise of Fascism and emergence of Mussolini as a leader.


Paper 3: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399–1509

This unit focuses on Shakespeare’s Kings from his great cycle of history plays. From the Triumph of Henry V at Agincourt to the spectacular death of Richard III on the battlefield, deserted by all including his horse, the question in the background was always who should be King? Did a mad King and a bad marriage result in the blood and gore of the Wars of the Roses?


Paper 4: The Witch Craze c1450-c1750

This is a coursework unit based on the nature of the witch craze that took hold in the late sixteenth century and the changing attitudes to magic and sorcery that eventually contributed to its decline. Students study the social, economic and political of the phenomenon, using case studies like Matthew Hopkins and the Salem witch hunt.

Entry Requirements

You need at least a B in GCSE History. If you have not studied GCSE History, then a minimum of a Grade 5 in GCSE English.


At the end of the course you will sit three exams and submit a piece of coursework.

Where Next?

University to study History, alternatively you have acquired skills to support you in any degree course and future career.

Please note

This course has been designed to give you a taste of different areas and types of History. As Lord Acton said “study problems, not periods”.


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