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Theme of the week is: Celebration

History (GCSE)

We are able to offer GCSE students:


  • A team of committed, experienced and dynamic teachers.
  • A chance to go abroad for 5 days at the beginning of Year 11 to experience “living” history on the actual battlefields of the First World War.
  • A range of topics that will excite, provoke and challenge your thinking skills and allow you to form opinions on 20th Century history and its impact on current affairs.


Paper 1 - 25% of marks

Outline Study: International Relations since 1945

  • The Cold War in Europe – Germany, Hungary, Czechoslovakia, Britain
  • The space race and nuclear arms race
  • The Berlin blockade and Berlin Wall
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The fall of communism

Paper 2 - 25% of marks

Depth Study: Germany 1918 – 39
Exam 1 hour 15 minutes.

  • The effects of the First World War on Germany
  • Hitler and the Nazis rise to power
  • Life under the Nazis – opposition to the Nazis, women , young people, Jews, the disabled


Paper 3 – 25% of marks

Source Enquiry: The First World War and the transformation of British Society c1903 – 28.
We study 4 sections from this time period:

  • The Suffragettes and Women’s Rights
  • Poverty and living conditions in Britain before the war
  • The First World War - A Battlefields trip will be run to support this section of the course. This will co-incide with the 100 year anniversary commemorations and will offer the chance for students to research the sacrifice relatives made and pay their respects
  • The General Strike

Exam 1 hour 30 minutes answering source based questions.


Controlled Assessment - 25% of marks

Russia 1917 -39
Students answer a specific exam question in the classroom in controlled conditions. Students are allowed notebooks and their own research notes.


Throughout the course students will be introduced to a wide variety of historical sources and will acquire skills of analysis and interpretation. Students will find their study of History will allow them to respond intelligently and with insight towards many aspects of current European and world affairs, as well as deepen their understanding of the last century.


Students need:

A good work ethic!
Be able to meet deadlines
A good memory
Be able to do homework regularly
And  . . . have a PASSPORT!

Careers and Further Education

History is a valuable academic qualification and is valued by employers and universities. History opens doors to many careers including broadcasting, journalism, police force, nursing, archaeology, advertising, law, teaching, tourism, social work, industrial relations, politics . . . the list goes on. In fact the transferable skills that History gives you means that you can use it in any job!

Success with History GCSE has meant many of our students have stayed to continue their study of the subject in the sixth form and then again at university. Many students from Faringdon Community College go on to a University of their first choice to study, yes . . . you’ve guessed it . . . History!


Recent GCSE students have said:
“The Battlefields trip was the best educational trip I have ever been on.”
“Being out there on the actual battlefield and seeing the actual scale of casualties made it so much more real than in the classroom.”
“Tyne Cot cemetery made me realise how important the study of History is. How could we have let this happen?”
“There was no such thing as time anymore separating our group from those boys in the ground. They never had the chances we’ve got. I am really glad our school makes the effort to remember them.”