How the course is assessed: 100% final examination 

Exam board: Edexcel History (1H10) 

Course overview: The qualification is based on the study of four main components that have been carefully selected for broad appeal and a balanced programme of study. The specification content is framed by historical enquiry that encourages an investigative approach to each topic of study, often using sources to form judgements and opinions. Students are encouraged to make historical decisions by applying their knowledge, understanding and skills to different periods through time. The following modules are studied within History at Gartree High School at GCSE: 

• Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939 

• Period Study: The Cold War 1941-1991 

• British depth study: Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 

• Thematic study: Crime and Punishment c1000 – Present Day 

You can expect to: 

• develop and extend your knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history - and of the wide diversity of human experience; 

• engage in historical enquiry to develop as an independent learner and as a critical and reflective thinker; 

• develop your ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context; 

• develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them; 

• organise and communicate your historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions. 

Where does it lead? History is a subject that is highly respected (both educationally and professionally) as academically rigorous. It is an excellent platform for anyone interested in law, journalism, social studies and politics, as well as further studies in History. It provides valuable skills of expression and enquiry that are valued at Higher Education and in the workplace. History opens doors into many careers: law, genealogy, architecture, teaching, business, journalism, politics, and market research.