Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 students will study AQA History, with a specification that offers:

  • Engaging and relevant content
  • A broad, comparable and coherent student experience
  • inspiring interest in History
  • An overview of a wide diversity of human experience

Students follow a two year GCSE course, with three lessons per week.

The course is structured as follows:

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
  • Germany 1890–1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Conflict and tension: The inter-war years 1918–1939/Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
  • Health and the People: c1000 to the present day
  • Elizabethan England c1568–1603

Each paper has a duration of two hours to complete. Paper 1 and Paper 2 are equally weighted in terms of total marks (50% each), with each paper worth 84 marks. There is no coursework involved in GCSE History with both papers assessed through examination.

For further information regarding GCSE History, you can access the AQA History website:

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