Introduction The aims of GCSE History are: 
  • To develop critical and analytical skills in History by giving a broad idea of the events which have influenced the 20th century.
  • To understand the issues of war, empire, discrimination and community.
  • To develop the ability to analyse and evaluate primary and secondary evidence.

The new GCSE History specifications have to be:

  • from three eras: Medieval (500-1500), Early Modern (1450-1750) and Modern (1700-present day)
  • on three time scales: short (depth study), medium (period study) and long (thematic study)
  • on three geographical contexts: a locality (the historic environment); British; and European and / or wider world settings

The work is thought-provoking and will enable students to develop their own ideas and opinions. Students of all abilities benefit from the course and it is an ideal introduction to AS and A level.

Why study History?
  •  It is interesting! Extremely enjoyable and enables you to learn about the past –that is, to understand the past and, through it, come to a far better understanding of the present.
  • History also offers students the opportunity to acquire and improve on many key skills such as written and verbal communication skills, analytical thinking and research skills.
  • Colleges, universities and employers regard History very highly.
  • It will be a good subject to do if you are thinking of a career in law, journalism, teaching, management, consultancy, banking and finance, advertising, media and publishing and government or politics.
  • There will be an optional trip to Berlin for students at the end of Year 10.n Students are given the opportunity to visit sights such as the Reichstag, Sachsenhausen concentration camp, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate.
Exam Board and Specification Edexcel
Key areas of content
  • Medicine in Britain and the British sector of Western Front (surgery and modern warfare).
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War (1941-91)
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany (1918-39)
  • Henry VIII/Elizabeth I (TBC)
Assessment arrangements
  • Pupils are examined at the end of Year 11.
  • Paper 1 = 30%
  • Paper 2 = 40%
  • Paper 3 = 30%
Textbooks, websites and other relevant material Textbooks/revision guides: 
  • Revise Edexcel: Edexcel GCSE History A: the Making of the Modern World Revision Guide (REVISE Edexcel History) by Rob Bircher.
  • Revise Edexcel: Edexcel GCSE History Specification a Modern World History Revision Workbook Extend by Mr Steve Waugh.
  • Edexcel GCSE Modern World History Revision Guide 2nd edition by Ben Walsh and Steve Waugh.
  • GCSE History Modern World History: The Revision Guide by CGP Books.
  • Edexcel GCSE Modern World History by Ben Walsh and Christopher Culpin. (textbook we will use in school).
  • Medicine through time, c1250–present.
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.


Websites/revision apps:







World War One:

  • All Quiet on the Western Front.
  • The Great War.
  • The Last Voices of World War One.
  • The Somme: from Defeat to Victory.

Nazi Germany:

  • Auschwitz: The Nazis and the Final Solution
  • Downfall
  • The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas
  • The Nazis – A Warning from History.
  • The Pianist

International Relations: 1919-55:

  • Dr. Strangelove
  • The Gathering Storm

Vietnam War:

  • Apocalypse Now
  • Good Morning, Vietnam
  • Hearts and Minds
  • The Vietnam War

Each department has a 'DNA', that is to say our vision for that department. The DNA of the History Department can be viewed here:

Bolingbroke Academy Subject DNA: Humanities


To view the full subject curriculum for Key Stage 4 please click here: Key Stage 4 Curriculum 2017-18


If you have any queries please contact Head of Humanities Ms Austin