GCSE History (Edexcel)

History is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study. You will find out what the world was like in times gone by: what people did, who governed them, changes in social attitudes, wars, scandals. There is something for everyone. So much has happened in the history of the world, there is bound to be something that interests you.

GCSE History is also an excellent preparation for further study at A level and university. The course is one of the EBacc subjects and it teaches you many fundamental academic skills that you will need in order to be successful in your future studies: how to research from a range of sources, how to analyse information, how to persuasively argue your viewpoint, how to write fluent and coherent essays.



Unit 1: International Relations: The Era of the Cold War 1943-1991 (written exam – 25%)

You will learn about the causes and consequences of the Cold War, studying events such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and the collapse of communism in Eastern Europe.

Unit 2: Nazi Germany (written exam – 25%)

If you have ever wondered how a man as evil as Hitler got into power, then this unit will answer your questions. You will learn how Germany suffered problems after the First World War and how Hitler used these to gain support for his ideas.

Unit 3: Britain 1951-1979 (written exam – 25%)

In this unit you will study the transformation of British society after the Second World War, examining changes in education, fashion, immigration and women’s rights.

Unit 4: The impact of war on Britain 1914-45 (controlled assessment – 25%)

In this unit, you will learn how war has had an impact on Britain in terms of government policies, social attitudes and the civilian experience. You will investigate and evaluate sources and develop your enquiry and analytical skills.