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"If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree."

Michael Crichton

History is being created all the time. The events we read about on the internet today will be the topics we study in the future. These events will affect the world our students and their children inherit.

KS4 History gives students grounding in some of the most significant world events in the 20th Century. The legacies of these events remain with us today in the actions of countries as diverse as North Korea and the USA.

History is FUN and academic but it is also very practical.

This is because it involves:

  • Learning about people - how they interact, the motives and emotions that can tear people apart into rival factions or help them to work together for a common cause (useful knowledge for team-building at work!)
  • Learning about countries, societies and cultures - so many of today's conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history?
  • Learning to locate and sift facts - to identify truth and recognise myth, propaganda and downright lies (useful in every aspect of life!)
  • Presenting what you've learned in a way that makes sense to others - whether in graphs, essays or illustrated reports - and having the confidence to defend your findings.

All these skills are valuable in a whole range of jobs. So instead of only looking at 'careers in history' you could also look at careers where it will help a lot if you've studied History.

Career options in History

Careers using a background in History could include:

  • History plus Art - Work in a gallery or auction house (perhaps via an Art History degree) or you might want to become an architect or architectural technician, specialising in projects involving listed buildings and heritage areas.
  • History plus a keen interest in politics or a desire to make the world a better place could lead you into a whole range of career directions - local or national politics, charity work, the Foreign and Commonwealth Ofiice or the Civil Service.
  • History plus Media Studies could lead into print or broadcast journalism.
  • History plus Leisure & Tourism could help you find work in the heritage industry (Stately homes, theme parks etc)
  • History plus Drama/Theatre Studies could help you find a role as a costumed guide or re-enactor.
  • History plus administration skills (e.g. Word Processing, Accountancy and Business Management) could lead to you gaining experience in a variety of business careers then taking this, and your interest in History, into working for a heritage charity, or managing a historic property.

For more information on this see the Historical Association website:

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE History (2016) course.

It would be helpful if students could purchase their own copy of the course textbook and it is recommended that students buy the revision guide.

There are 3 papers covering 4 topics. All exams will be taken in June of Year 11.

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (Paper codes: 1HI0/10

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes, 30%* of the qualification, 52 marks (16 for the historic environment, 36 for the thematic study)

10: Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present

Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Recommended textbook:

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Crime and punishment through time, c1000-present by Alec Fisher and Ed Podesta

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/27

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes, 40%* of the qualification, 64 marks (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study)

B2: The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189–1216

27: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

Recommended textbooks:

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The reigns of King Richard I and King John, 1189-1216 by Dale Banham

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 by John Wright and Steve Waugh

Paper 3: Modern depth study (Paper codes: 1HI0/33

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes, 30%* of the qualification, 52 marks

33: The USA, 1954–75: conflict at home and abroad.

Recommended textbook:

Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad by John wright and Steve Waugh