Those who do not learn from history are condemned to repeat it.

Why choose GCSE History at REACH?

History is continuously changing the world around us and historic events have helped to shape our society. Studying GCSE History will help you to answer important questions such as:

  • Why do wars happen?
  • Why do we have a welfare system?
  • How have we come to live in a multi-cultural society?

Learning about past events and the people who’ve influenced history will allow you to understand how the world got to the point it’s at now and how it will continue to develop in the future. You will learn about the history of Britain and the wider world.

You’ll also learn valuable skills:

Apart from studying a wide range of exciting historic periods, you’ll learn a range of handy skills that will help you with A-levels and future work.

These include:

  • excellent communication, literacy and writing skills
  • how to construct an argument
  • research and problem skills
  • investigation and problem-solving skills
  • analytical and interpretation skill.

Look ahead at possible future careers

Studying history can lead on to some exciting career options, including:

  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Business
  • Politics
  • Archaeology
  • Marketing
  • Teaching

AQA GCSE History

You’ll study four elements, split over two exams:

Year 10:
Section A: Thematic study: 2A Britain: Health and the People, c1000-present
Section B: Wider world depth studies BA Conflict and Tension: First World War 1894-1918.

Year 11:
Section A: Period study 1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
Section B: British depth study including the historic environment, BC Elizabethan England, c1563-1603.


There are two GCSE exams – Paper 1 and 2 are each worth 50% and last for 2 hours each. These exams consist of short answer questions and longer, essay type questions.

Don’t just learn history, learn from history.
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