Why study history?

The study of history allows us to apply the lessons of the past to help solve problems in the present, and have the ability to apply an analytical mindset to all kinds of situations and challenges. These problem-solving and analytical skills are relevant in just about any industry which has a focus on current societies and future developments, particularly in the fields of business, politics and academia.

The aims and objectives of GCSE history are to enable students to:

– develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history, and of the wide diversity of human experience

– engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers

– develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context

– develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them

– organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions

What will I learn?

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18
  • Injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Early Elizabethan England
  • The American West, c1835–c1895
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

How will I be assessed?

  • Examinations

Future pathways and careers

  • Further and higher education
  • Television and radio broadcasting
  • Law
  • Accountancy and finance
  • Politics
  • Management careers
  • Publishing and writing
  • Retail and sales
  • Business and marketing

Course contact

Mr C Gilmore