KS4 History



GCSE History aims to encourage an interest in the past and to show the links that exist between the past and the present day.  The skills which lie at the heart of the subject are useful not only in a wide variety of careers but also in everyday life. Students will develop their enquiry skills through studying historical evidence and discussions and debates reaching conclusions about the past not only on their own but also working with other students.

GCSE History is a subject that is highly valued by colleges, universities and employers as students develop a variety of key skills.


Unit 1The People’s Health c.1250 to the present with The Elizabethans, 1580 – 1603.

Health is a fundamental aspect of human history and has an immediate connection with our own lives. The People’s Health, c.1250 to present will help us to make sense of contemporary debates about our environment, the way we respond to disease and the role of government in protecting our health.

Late-Elizabethan England provides an excellent chance for us to study a short, but important period in depth. The myth and reality behind the power of the Queen, the threat of invasion, the shadow world of spies and torture chambers, the intriguing lives and beliefs of ordinary Elizabethans and the narratives of ‘New World’ adventure make this a fascinating study for GCSE students.

Unit 2 History Around Us (The Site Study) – a study of Medieval Castles.

Britain is a country rich in the remains of the past and our historic environment is one of the most diverse in the world. This unit provides an opportunity to escape from the classroom, put on boots (or at least trainers!) and engage with the fascinating history around us. By exploring the physical remains of Kenilworth Castle, and by delving into documents which bring the site to life, we aim to provide an enjoyable way to study history.

Unit 3 The Making of America, 1789 -1900 with Living Under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945.

The ‘America’ study seeks to explain how and why American territory expanded between 1789 and 1900, and to examine the relationship between this expansion and the cultures of indigenous Americans, African Americans and white Americans. The study should help pupils to understand the diversity both between and within these broad groups. There is no requirement to learn about political events other than ones that relate directly to the identified issues.

With the study of Nazi Rule we believe pupils will be gripped and challenged by the blend of political, economic, social, racial and cultural forces that combined to shape the Third Reich and the diverse    experiences of those who lived under Nazi rule. Pupils will also study a range of contemporary sources from different viewpoints as well as lively debates involving different interpretations of the events of these years.


100% terminal assessment

3 Examinations:

Paper 1- British Thematic and British Depth Study- 40% (80 marks)

Paper 2- History Around Us- 20% (40 marks & 10marks SPaG)

Paper 3- ‘World Period and Depth Study – 40% (80 marks)



Mrs. S Ghani: Head of Faculty  –  Humanities