Why should I choose to study History?

You should choose History if you are interested in the world around you. GCSE History is an exciting subject that develops valuable skills and teaches useful facts. History is a subject valued by universities and employers due to the wide range of skills it teaches, including:

  • Independent thinking 
  • Problem solving
  • Discipline
  • Analytical skills 
  • Excellent communication 
  • Investigative skills.

History can take you to work in fields such as law, journalism, academia, archaeology, and teaching. 

How will I be examined?

  • You will have three exams at the end of Year 11, which together will cover all four of the units you have studied. 
  • These three exams will assess your knowledge and understanding, analytical ability, source skills and understanding of interpretations. 
  • Two of the exams will be worth 30% and the exam that combines two units will be worth 40%.

What will I study?

  • Crime and Punishment Through the Ages, including an investigation of Whitechapel 1870-1900.
  • Henry VIII and his Ministers.
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany. 1918-1938.
  • The Cold War, 1914-1991.

Recommended text books, additional reading and online resources

  • History textbooks and revision guides
  • Website with key information about the topics

Film documentaries including:

  • Rise of Evil
  • Thirteen Days
  • Unmasking Jack the Ripper
  • Crime and Punishment with Tony Robinson
  • Henry VIII

Department contact:

Sara Hannan, Head of History