History GCSE

Our course code: X813

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If you’re fascinated by the past and the power it holds to help us understand the present, then history is the subject for you. Through three fascinating topics, on this AQA accredited GCSE course you’ll gain a thorough understanding of key historical 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 and university, this course has been created by subject specialists to equip you with key skills such as critical thinking, essay writing, and analysis.

You’ll begin by studying Germany from 1890-1945, 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 lead to the start of the Second World War. Next, you’ll immerse yourself in Normal 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.

You will benefit from:

  • Brand new course, written to the latest AQA specification with dynamic and engaging content
  • Fast track is available on this course (for exams in 2022)
  • Access to our network of partnership exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)
  • Unlimited tutor support – we help you write a study plan and support you throughout.
  • Exam pass guarantee (if you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam)

Develop your knowledge and understanding of key historical events, people and societies, and learn how to ask relevant questions about the past.

  • Exam Pass Guarantee

    If you don’t pass the first time, we’ll support you to the next exam for free

  • Guaranteed exam centre

    Access to our Country-wide network of exam centres (guaranteed exam venue)

  • Unlimited Tutor Support

    Get as much help and support as you want from your personal course tutor via email and phone.

  • Awarding body: AQA
  • Our course code: X813
  • Qualification code: 8145

The AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSEs, IGCSEs and A-levels.

Study Hours

You should allow for between 120 and 150 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Study Method

Our course is delivered via our online learning platform as this provides learners with a dynamic and engaging experience. Don’t worry, if you prefer, you can print the learning materials yourself. The learning resources are in a range of different media including videos, quizzes, and interactive activities.

Course Duration

Once you enrol, you’ll have up to two years to study and take your exams, and your unlimited tutor support will continue throughout this time. You will receive your logins to MyOxbridge (our online platform) to access the learning materials.



You can enrol now for examinations from Summer 2022.

You’ll be required to complete the two GCSE standard written exams.

Official exams

  • 2 hour written exam, 50% of marks
  • 2 hour written exam, 50% of marks

We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our exam centres around the Country, to take away the hassle of needing to find your own. Check where your closest exam centre is.


During your course, you will also be required to complete six assignments. These do not contribute towards 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. There is no coursework to complete.

Course Outcomes

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

Additional Information

Difficulty - Level 2

Entry requirements - There are no formal entry requirements for this course, however, it is recommended that you have an intermediate ability to read and write English.

Course Content

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.

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 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.

3: Norman England: c1066 – c1100

England during this period was a turbulent, and often frightening, place to live, wrought with 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.

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.

5: Preparing for paper one: Understanding the modern world

In this unit, you’ll prepare to sit paper one of your final exams.

6: Preparing for paper two: Shaping the nation

In this unit, you’ll prepare to sit paper two of your final exams.

Frequently Asked Questions

We have some answers to common student questions, but if you can't find the answer you're looking for then please contact us and we will do everything we can to answer your questions.

Yes. there will be additional fees for your exams that are payable to the centre upon booking Your personal tutor can provide more details.

This course is self-contained so no additional textbooks are required. The course includes some recommended books that you may wish to refer to for additional reading.

You will need to pay separately for your final examinations. Additional texts may also need to be purchased to supplement your learning on the course.

We are able to offer places at partnership exam centres across the UK for our students, therefore, guaranteeing an exam venue. If you choose to find your own exam centre, you can, you will need to register with them as an external or private candidate. Fees vary across the country so we recommend enquiring prior to enrolment.

Yes! You study the same curriculum, take the same examinations and get the same qualification. The only difference is that the course is specially designed to be studied from home in your own time.

You will have access to your personal tutor, via email, who will mark your assignments and guide you through the course to help you get ready for your examinations. In addition, you will be supplied with a comprehensive Study Guide that will help you through the study and assessment process. Your personal tutor will be highly experienced in their subject area and qualified to teach.

You can study this course from anywhere in the world, but the exams must be taken within the UK.

Please check our main FAQs section or Contact Us, we have experienced course advisers who will be delighted to help!