Exam Board: AQA

In History you will cover four exciting and varied topics: 

Hitler’s Germany: Experience a dramatic time during which Hitler came to power and plunged Germany and the world into war. You will explore how Hitler kept the support of many Germans whilst killing millions including the Jews.

The Cold War: Look at a period when the world came to brink of nuclear war and Armageddon but was saved in the nick of time. Were the Americans right to use the atomic bomb? Why was the Berlin Wall built? Why was the Cuban Missile Crisis so dangerous?

The Norman Conquest: A leap back in time to meet William—Viking invader, castle builder and rebel killer!

The People’s Health: ‘Horrible History’ at its best; blood, guts and gore! You will explore surgery and treatment, become aid workers, disease hunters and medical experts.

History is full of transferable skills, such as the ability to conduct research using different types of tools, the capacity to be a problem solver, the inspiration to be a creative thinker, an understanding of different people and societies, the skills to argue a case and to express your ideas clearly, essential debating, communication and ICT skills, and additional communication skills, such as negotiating, questioning and summarising.

History has been voted one of the top transferable subjects by Oxbridge universities. Careers include an advertising executive, an accountant, an analyst, an archivist, an archaeologist, a broadcaster, a business professional, an explorer, a diplomat, a campaign worker, a consultant, an editor, a foreign service officer, a journalist, a lawyer, a lecturer, a legal assistant, a manager, a politician, a public relations officer, a teacher, a social worker and many more.


100% examination—two exams each worth 50% of overall grade.

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Question types include short answers, knowledge based answers and source questions.