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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Course Outline

At GCSE we follow the AQA course.  

This qualification is linear. Linear means that students will sit all their exams at the end of the course. GCSE History students must take assessments in both of the following papers in the same series:

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation


The GCSE History content comprises the following elements:

  • One period study 
    • AD America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality
  • One thematic study 
    • BC Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972
  • One wider world depth study 
    • AB Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day
  • One British depth study including the historic environment. 
    • BC Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

Students get to develop their own interpretations and judgements surrounding a key issue set by the exam board.