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Course: AQA GCSE History (8145)

Examination criteria:

Students will sit two 1 hour 45 minute exams, each making up 50% of the overall grade.

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World (50% of overall GCSE)

  • PERIOD STUDY - America 1920 - 1973; Opportunity and Inequality
  • WIDER WORLD DEPTH STUDY - Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972

This is assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute written exam.

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation (50% of overall GCSE)

  • THEMATIC STUDY - Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
  • BRITISH DEPTH STUDY Elizabethan England : c1568-1603

This is assessed in a 1 hour 45 minute written exam.

Course Description

Students will gain a broad understanding of the past given that there are British, European and Wider World elements to the course.

The GCSE History content comprises the following elements:

  • One period study
  • One thematic study
  • One wider world depth study
  • One British depth

This enables students to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history in the thematic study, to focus on a substantial medium time span of at least 50 years in the period study, and to gain a deep understanding of a relatively short time span in the depth studies.

A high level of literacy would be a huge advantage given that the level of written work required for success is quite substantial.

Department Statement

The History department is hugely excited by the new curriculum, and is looking forward to embracing new subject content, as well as continuing to deliver content the department has long enjoyed teaching. We will provide an outstanding teaching and learning experience that will inspire and motivate you towards success.

"Success consists of going from failure to failure without loss of enthusiasm."
Winston Churchill


  • Barrister/Solicitor
  • Heritage Manager
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Primary school teacher
  • Secondary school teacher

For more information contact Mr M Godden (Head of Humanities).