Castle Manor Academy

GCSE History

Subject Overview

GCSE History will provide you with the opportunity to find out how people’s lives have changed across different countries and at various times. You will research, debate, analyse specific issues and explore the many ways in which past events have been represented. The course will appeal to students who have an interest in the way the world has developed, enjoy finding out why things happened and like putting forward their own ideas. 

Course Information

Paper 1: Migrants in Britain, c800–present and Notting Hill, c1948–c1970 

Studying Migrants in Britain will give students an overview of how Britain has been shaped by its migrant communities over a prolonged period. The study begins with Viking invasions in the 800s and concludes with the creation of the Commonwealth, government legislation following the Second World War and global events in the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries.  

Paper 2: Anglo Saxon and Norman England, c.1060-88 and Superpower relations: Cold War, 1941-91 (40%) 

Here students will explore life in Anglo Saxon England, the claimants to the throne in 1066 and how William I gained and maintained control in England after the Norman Conquest including dealing with rebellions. For this paper they will also explore the origins of the Cold War and the division of Germany and Berlin after the Second World War.  

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany (30%) 

Students will investigate the effects World War One had on Germany and the difficulties the Weimar Republic had in dealing with these effects. They will then learn how and why Hitler rose to power and the appeal and impact of National Socialism for the German people, examining key areas such as changes for children, women, workers, and minority groups.  


Students will sit three exams in the summer of Year 11 assessing a range of historical skills studied throughout the course. 


GCSE History is a solid basis for many post-16 options, including A-level subjects. Those who have studied history have then progressed to study politics, law, economics, English and languages.