GCSE History

Course Overview

Breadth Study: Medicine Through Time

This is one of the most popular GCSE History topics nationally. You study change and continuity in medicine from prehistoric times to the present day with an in-depth look at Public Health reform from 1800-1914.

Depth Study: American West 1840–1895

This part of the course offers the opportunity to study something different. The course begins by looking at the Native American way of life and the impact of settler groups migrating West; a sad and poignant tale of culture clashes.

Controlled Assessment Local Study

This is a written piece produced during class time on a local historical site including site visits.

Exams and Coursework

  • Paper 1 – 45% (2 hours). Examination on all elements of Medicine Through Time and American West.
  • Paper 2 – 30% (1 1⁄2 hours). Examination on Public Health from 1800-1914. The paper is source based but requires you to have in-depth knowledge of the period.
  • Controlled Assessment – 25% (8 hours in class). A 2,000 word essay.

Potential Pathways (Post-16)

You can choose to study A-level History, however the course links well with Geography, Humanities subjects, Sciences and English. The skills you utilise will also be useful in many other academic and vocational subject areas.

Potential Career Routes

The skills utilised in History can lead to exciting career opportunities including accountancy, administration, advertising, education, Human Resources, journalism, law, marketing, politics, Project Management and Public Relations.

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