GCSE History

Why choose History at Fulwood Academy?

The history department at Fulwood prides itself in having skillful, passionate practitioners whose main goal is to guide students to success at GCSE. History is an enjoyable yet rigorous academic subject and is well respected by both employers and universities. It encourages the development of open minded, disciplined, independent thinkers who are skilled at problem solving. In the words of Winston Churchill who said “Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft”.

This subject will suit you if:


  • You can think for yourself, then this may be the subject for you


  • You are dedicated and committed to your studies, then history is a good choice. There is no denying history is a demanding subject, but that is what makes it worthwhile


What will the course involve? 


You will follow the Edexcel specification. Topics studied include: ‘Medicine Through Time’, ‘Elizabethan England’, ‘The Cold War, and ‘Weimar and Nazi Germany’





How will I be assessed?


100% Examination - You will have three examinations at the end of Year 11.

Pap er 1 lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and is a ‘Thematic Study and a case study on World War One’..

Paper 2 lasts 1 hour 45 minutes and is a ‘British Depth Study and Period Study’. Paper 3 lasts 1 hour 30 minutes and is a ‘Modern Depth Study’.

Skills needed for these examinations are: describing historical features, assessing the usefulness of sources, examining similarity and difference over time and the process of change, making a judgment, cause and consequence and significance.


All students take the same examination papers and can achieve any grade from 1 - 9. History is a written subject that requires you write extended answers and essays. You will be taught how to write appropriately structured and detailed answers and will receive marks for good standards of spelling, punctuation and grammar.



Where does the course lead?


History at GCSE opens up A Level courses in subjects such as English, law, media, psychology, sociology, politics and philosophy. In terms of University, history is a facilitating subject that has strong links to archaeology, law, English literature, economics, journalism, education, politics and even medicine. Studying history can lead to careers in all of these areas.