GCSE History

GCSE History is a rewarding, but demanding course. During their two years of study, students will be expected to expand and enhance their knowledge base of a wide range of historical topics. Without this knowledge and the continual revision needed to expand it, they will FAIL the course.

Units and examinations

The History Department the  WJEC Specification  and the topics currently studied are:

Unit  1 – 1 hour examination

The Elizabethan Age 1558-1603

  • Elizabethan Government
  • Lifestyles of rich and poor
  • Popular entertainment
  • The problem of religion
  • The Catholic threat
  • The Spanish Armada

Unit 2  – 1 hour examination

Germany in Transition, 1919-1939

  • Impact of the First World War
  • Recovery of Weimar
  • End of the Weimar Republic
  • Consolidation of power
  • Nazi economic, social and racial policy
  • Terror and persuasion
  • Hitler’s foreign policy
  • Students will sit this examination at the end of year 10.

Unit 3 – 1 hour 15 mins examination

Changes in Crime and Punishment c.1500-present day

  • Causes of crime
  • Nature of crimes
  • Enforcing law and order
  • Methods of combating crime
  • Attitudes to punishment
  • Methods of punishment
  • Study of an historic site connected with crime and punishment

Non-examined assessment (NEA)

This is a vital component of the course and the successful completion of this element will enable students to improve their overall grade. Regulations now stipulate that the topic studied change every 3 years. However, we expect to be studying the importance of the following figures during the forthcoming examination cycles: 

  • Martin Luther King
  • Yasser Arafat

All controlled assessment is expected to be completed under supervised classroom conditions and will count for 20% of the final mark.

How you can help

  • Reinforce the message to your child that without regular review and revision they will FAIL the course.
  • Stress the need to write full, detailed responses.
  • Test your child regularly on their historical knowledge of the topics covered.
  • Ensure that your child is up to date with their coursework and that it is submitted on time.