Course Outline – What will I learn?


You will develop your written communication skills to be able to write with a clear structure to demonstrate your views and make a judgement, as well as developing reading and comprehension skills to identify the key message in source materials. You will develop your critical thinking to question material to judge its reliability, or to recognise the causes and consequences of significant events.


History gives you a chance to investigate the people and events that have changed our world and to gain an understanding of how the past has shaped our lives today and consider the significance of certain events, people and places and the impact these have had on our development as a nation.

How will it be assessed?

Paper 1 – 50% of the total marks

Paper 2 – 50% of the total marks

Coursework is not applicable for this subject.

What parents need to know

There will be homework at least once a fortnight, and at times weekly; we set reading comprehension as well as practice questions and research and retrieval tasks.

Revision guides are a useful resource to support learning in lessons, there are a number of revision guides available, one we find particularly useful is Hodder Education: AQA GCSE (9-1) History Second Edition ISBN 978-1-5104-5561-0.

There will be the opportunity to visit an English Heritage site for the Elizabethan England section of Paper 2.

Paper 1 is composed of 2 units; Germany, 1890-1945:Democracy and dictatorship and Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894-1918.

Paper 2 is also composed of 2 units; Britain: Health and the People: C1000 to present the day  and Elizabethan England, 1568-1603.

Potential further study and careers

GCSE History is an extremely desirable qualification for a wide range of careers, including but not exclusively, journalism, the law, social work, civil service and local government, tourism, teaching, tour guide, libraries, museums, Higher Education and research.

Contact: M.Baker or A.Illingworth on info@oakwood.ac

Ex pupils’ experiences 

“History is the best” – Y11 pupil

“It’s so interesting and fun to learn about!” – Y11 pupil

“The teachers are passionate about History and this makes me really interested in the subject” – Y11 pupil

Contact: M.Baker or A.Illingworth on info@oakwood.ac