History GCSE

Studying GCSE History will give you a deep understanding of the past and how it can be used to understand the present.

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Overview

This online GCSE History course takes you through the study of some of the most intriguing and tumultuous periods in human history, you'll gain a thorough understanding of key events, people, and societies, and learn how to ask relevant questions about the past. 

Essential for anyone who wishes to study history at A-level at university, this course has been created by subject specialists to equip you with key skills such as critical thinking, essay writing, and analysis. 

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half-century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism. In the first unit, you’ll gain a thorough understanding of Germany during this period, from the growth of democracy, depression and economic crisis, and the experience of the German people under the Nazis.

Unit 2 - Conflict and Tension: The Inter-war Years 1918-1939

The first world war devastated Europe. Around eight million soldiers and a further eight million civilians lay dead. Whole towns had been flattened, farms destroyed and railways were blown up – but what happened next? This unit focuses on the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations and the search for international peace, and the origins and outbreak of the Second World War.

Unit 3 - Norman England: c1066 – c1100

England during this period was a turbulent, and often frightening place to live, full of power struggles that heralded the beginning of a new era. In this unit, you’ll focus on the Norman conquest, what life was like under the Normans, as well as religious life and monasticism.

Unit 4 - Health and the People: c1000 to the Present Day

In unit four, you’ll take a look at how knowledge of medicine and the human body developed from the medieval period through to the 1900s and beyond. You’ll analyse key topics, such as when doctors developed an understanding of germ theory and infection, and liberal social reforms that revolutionised public health.

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AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world. This reputable awarding body helps individuals to progress within education, towards their next step, and is highly valued by both employers and universities. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE courses, IGCSE courses and A-level courses

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of this History distance learning course, you will receive a GCSE certificate in History, issued by AQA. This syllabus (8145) has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning.

How is this course assessed or examined?

You can enrol now for examinations for Summer 2024.

You'll be required to complete the two GCSE standard written exams:

  • Paper 1: 2 hour written exam, 50% of marks
  • Paper 2: hour written exam, 50% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.

There is no coursework to complete during your course, however, you will be required to complete six assignments. These do not contribute to your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

Entry requirements

There are no formal entry requirements for this level two GCSE History course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write in English

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Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

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Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

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Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

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Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

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Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

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Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

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How do I choose what GCSEs to take?

Selecting GCSEs is a highly personal decision that will be influenced by factors such as your educational and career goals, your skills and strengths, and the subjects you enjoy (or don’t enjoy). To help you decide on the right GCSEs for you and your future, we’ve written a detailed guide on choosing GCSE subjects.

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Can GCSEs help you get a place at university?

Gaining GCSEs is the first step toward sitting a uni degree. You’ll need GCSE courses or IGCSE courses to progress to A-level courses, which remain the most prevalent means of accessing higher education.

At Oxbridge, we offer both GCSE and IGCSE courses, which are qualifications of equal merit with the added benefit of being internationally recognised. Both GCSEs and IGCSEs can be studied by adults online.

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How long does it take to gain a GCSE as an adult?

GCSEs are typically studied across a period of 2 years however, our fast-track GCSE option enables you to complete and qualify for your chosen GCSEs within a year.

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Do Universities prefer IGCSEs or GCSEs?

Universities prefer neither iGCSEs or GCSEs. Universities recognise both iGCSEs and GCSEs and treat them equally.

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Why study GCSE courses or IGCSE courses with Oxbridge?

When you enrol on a course with us, you’re really enrolling into a partnership. We set up our online learning platform to help people achieve the grades and qualifications they need to realise their aspirations. We do everything we can to help make our students’ dreams come true.

Our learning platform is award-winning, and our course content is written by Oxbridge subject experts and delivered by tutors who are just as passionate about their teaching as they are in helping you succeed.

On average, by studying Oxbridge online GCSE courses, we find that our students get grades that are 20% higher and pass around 30% quicker than students in traditional colleges. We’d love to help you do the same!

If you aren’t sure which course is right for you, speak to one of our learning advisers, they’d be more than happy to help you find the right path.

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Why Study GCSE courses or IGCSE courses online?

GCSEs remain a basic requirement for further education and some workplaces, so adding them or an IGCSE equivalent to your CV can be essential for personal success.

Studying these GCSE qualifications online has opened up a world of possibilities for people who haven’t been able to learn around their jobs or family commitments before.

If traditional education has held you back long enough, take the reins and build a future you’re proud of.

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Is IGCSE harder than GCSE?

International General Certificate of Secondary Education courses (ICGSEs) cover some of the same subjects as GCSE’s such as GeographyEnglish Language and the sciences, but they are recognised internationally. The level of difficulty is equal to a GCSE course, and universities view both qualifications as equal.

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Can Adults take GCSE Courses?

It’s never too late to gain a GCSE qualification. Oxbridge teach thousands of adult GCSE courses every year. So, whether there’s a specific career you’ve always been interested in but couldn’t pursue because you didn’t have the right qualifications, or you want to take up a college or university course, an online General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) course can help get you there. The same can be said for our adult A-level courses too.

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What does GCSE stand for?

GCSE stands for: General Certificate of Secondary Education and IGCSE stands for ‘International General Certificate of Secondary Education’.

Whatever your aspirations and goals for the future, you’ll most likely need GCSEs to get there. Introduced in 1988, the General Certificate of Secondary Education remains the UK’s primary recognised certificate of foundation-level education and is viewed by employers, colleges and universities as the minimum expected standard for prospective candidates.

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What will you learn on this GCSE History course?

You’ll begin by studying Germany from 1890 to 1945, the development and collapse of democracy, and the rise and fall of Nazism. Moving on, you’ll delve into the conflict and tension of the interwar years, discovering the events which led to the start of the Second World War. Next, you’ll immerse yourself in Norman England, a period wrought with power struggles and the beginning of a new era. Lastly, you’ll study health and medicine through time from c100 to the present day, focusing on key topics such as the development of germ theory and liberal social reforms that revolutionised public health.

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Why study GCSE History online?

This distance learning course follows the AQA GCSE History syllabus and has been designed specifically to be studied online, in your own time, at your own pace. You’ll have access to a personal tutor who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you prepare for your examinations.

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Will you be required to complete a reading list?

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. This course includes some optional book recommendations for additional reading.

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How much do exams cost?

Many of our courses do not require exams however, A-levels, GCSEs and some other courses do require exams to complete the qualification. Exam fees are additional to the cost of the course and prices vary depending on the course and where you sit them – find out more.

Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? We can add your exams during enrolment and blend them into your monthly payment plan if you wish. If you’re not ready to book your exam(s) yet, you can book them at a later date – all of the information is available on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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