History shows us that our decisions aren’t made in a vacuum, but build up from events stretching back until the dawn of time.

Mr O’Hana-James (Head of Humanities)


Exam Board: AQA

Qualification: GCSE History

Assessment breakdown: 100% exam.


The study of History looks beyond the headlines, asks informed questions and expresses informed opinions. History involves not only the reconstruction and interpretation of the past, but is well regarded by employers as it is academically rigorous and can be relied upon to produce students who are literate and likely to be independent thinkers.

  • Learn about events, individuals, issues and societies in history of the 20th century
  • Understand the nature of evidence and evaluate the significance of various sources of information
  • Develop an understanding of how the past has been interpreted and represented
  • See how societies have changed over time.
  • Key individuals over time and the impact they have had on England.

Skills Gained

  • demonstrate command of a substantial body of historical knowledge
  • understand how people have existed, acted and thought in the context of the past
  • read and use texts and other source materials critically and empathetically
  • appreciate the complexity and diversity of situations, events and past mentalities
  • recognise there are ways of testing statements and that there are rules of evidence which require integrity and maturity
  • reflect critically on the nature and theoretical underpinnings of the discipline
  • marshall an argument, be self-disciplined and independent intellectually
  • express themselves orally and in writing with coherence, clarity and fluency
  • gather, organise and deploy evidence, data and information
  • analyse and solve problems
  • use effectively ICT, information retrieval and presentation skills
  • exercise self-discipline, self-direction and initiative
  • work with others and have respect for others’ reasoned views
  • work collaboratively and participate effectively in group discussions
  • show empathy and imaginative insight

Supporting Trips

  • Hampton Court Palace

Potential Careers

  • Civil Service
  • Intelligence/National Security
  • Journalism
  • Politics
  • Publishing
  • Law