History is about people; it is about the past; it informs your understanding of the present. By choosing to study History at GCSE, you will learn more about the history of Britain and the wider world. You will gain a deeper understanding of the peoples, periods and events that have helped shape your world. You will develop the important life-skills that will enable you to think critically, weigh the evidence and make informed well-balanced decisions and judgements. GCSE History prepares you for your future role as an active citizen in an increasingly complicated world.
Our syllabus follows the highly regarded School History Project. It covers a wide variety of periods and places and is designed to broaden your understanding and experience of History. You will investigate the following:
A British Thematic Study: The Peoples’ Health from 1250 to the present day. This examines developments in British public health and the prevention of disease through time.
A British Depth Study into a time when Britain faced the threat of invasion: The Elizabethans and the Spanish threat, 1580 to 1603.
A World Period Study: The Making of America 1789 to 1900, including the story of the American West and the American Civil War.
A Study of the Historic Environment: A fieldwork enquiry into Sherborne and its castles.
A World Depth Study: Living Under the Nazi rule in Germany during the 1930s and 1940s.
The course is assessed by three un-tiered written exams, all of which are tackled at the end of Year 11.
“History has provided me with multiple skills that I can use in all my subjects.”
“History GCSE has been fascinating. I have learnt so much and I understand a lot more.”
“Studying History has helped me learn from other peoples’ successes and their mistakes!”
“There is a lot to remember in History and I don’t think you can cut corners. If you are willing to work hard, you will be fine.”