GCSE History

Subject content

The GCSE History content comprises the following elements:

One period study

One thematic study

One wider world depth study

One British depth study, including the historic environment.

Assessment

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

What’s assessed?

In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country’s history over at least a 50 year period.

In Section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension.

How’s it assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Section A – six compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Total 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

What’s assessed?

In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period.

In Section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment.

How’s it assessed?

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

Section A – four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Section B – four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Total 84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

50% of GCSE

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