History GCSE


Exam Board: EDEXCEL

Award: GCSE(single award)







Why do this course?

  • You will enjoy and do well in the course if you are interested in debating and finding out about how people’s lives have changed
  • It is a GCSE subject that is highly regarded amongst colleges, universities and employers
  • It counts towards the English Baccalaureate qualification as the compulsory Humanities component

 Course entry requirements

  • Suitable for year 10 & 11
  • Suitable for all abilities
  • No prior study required


 You will be expected to do a large amount of reading and written work.

 Key Topics / Subject content

 Unit 1 - Crime and PunishmentThis unit is a study in development, the core elements of which will concentrate on crime and punishment from 1450 to the present day.  You will also complete two extension studies: crime and punishment from Roman Britain to 1450 and; changing views of the nature of criminal activity 1450 to present day.

 Unit 2 - Life in Germany 1919 - 1945This unit is a study in depth.  This unit develops understanding of life in Germany between the wars, the rise to power of the Nazis and the political, social, economic, cultural and religious impact of this regime. 

 Unit 3 – Crime and Protest This unit is a source enquiry, focusing on four case studies from 20th Century British history. (Suffragettes; General Strike 1926; The Miners’ Strike 1984-5; The Poll Tax Protests)

 Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment This unit focuses on Historical Enquiry and on Representations of History.  Students will be required to carry out research and preparation on a set topic (USA 1919-41), but the final taskmust be completed in school under controlled conditions. 

 Method of Assessment

  • Units 1, 2 and 3 - examinations, each lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment. 
  • Each unit is worth 25% of the total grade.
  • Common papers and Controlled Assessment tasks are taken by all candidates, from which the full range of grades is available, A* - G.  (There are no tiers in G.C.S.E. History.)


This course will help you to develop the following skills:

  • Selecting and organising information
  • Preparing and presenting arguments
  • Analysing and synthesizing information and different points of view
  • Evaluating sources of information and interpretations
  • Applying knowledge and understanding


Progression Route

The skills acquired through the study of History at GCSE is useful to students wishing to study a variety of subjects post 16, in particular history, law, politics, sociology, English and media

History is very useful for the world of work.  Its study helps create the skills needed by:Solicitors & Barristers; Politicians; Business men & women; TV presenters; Police officers; Comedians; Computer game designers; Teachers; In fact, the skills you develop while studying History can be used in ANY job.


Contact us

Cherry Willingham Community School, Croft Lane, Cherry Willingham, Lincoln LN3 4JP

Please direct enquiries to Ms. M Cooper in the first instance

  • Telephone: 01522 751040

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