Exam board: Eduqas
Qualification type: GCSE
Course code: C100QS
Contact: Mr James – mjames@retfordoaks-ac.org.uk

The structure of this course is distinctive, giving students the opportunity to study history in depth. It allows students to make a clear distinction between the study of history in the short term, the medium term and the long term. It actively encourages connections between different periods and eras in history, representing a coherent programme of study.

What will be studied?

Students undertake two ‘studies in-depth’, one British and one non-British, from eight options in total. This focuses study on substantial and coherent short time scales. ‘Studies in-depth’ provide the opportunity to study history in greater detail and consequently understand the complexity of a society or historical situation more effectively. This component encourages students to use a wide range of historical sources. They will also study different historical interpretations of specific events and issues.

Component 1: British study in-depth – the Elizabethan age, 1558-1603 AND non-British study in-depth – the USA, a nation of contrasts, 1910-1929

Component 2: period study – the development of the UK, 1919-1990 AND thematic study – changes in health and medicine in Britain c.500 to the present day with a focus on the care and treatment of soldiers in the British sector of the Western Front

Why study history?

• The topics are varied and fascinating.
• The lessons are varied and engaging.
• History helps you understand the world around you.
• History is a keystone subject, highly valued by a range of employers and universities.

History provides transferable skills for a number of career opportunities, here are just a handful of famous people who have studied the subject:
• Gordon Brown
• Michael Briggs
• Sir Stringer
• Sacha Baron Cohen
• Jonathan Ross

Assessment structure

Component 1: British study in-depth – 1 hour written examination.
Component 1: non-British study in-depth – 1 hour written examination.
Component 2: period study – 45 minutes written examination.
Component 2: thematic study – 1 hour, 15 minutes written examination.

Career opportunities

• Travel and tourism
• Museums
• Finance
• Journalism
• Law
• Teaching