Key Stage 4 Pathways



This GCSE course will train you to be an effective Historian. You need to have a keen interest in History and finding out why things happen.


What will I learn?

Paper 1

British Thematic Study with Historic Environment

Thematic study: Medicine in Britain 1250 to present

Historic environment: The British sector of the Western Front: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

This paper is worth 30% of your final mark.


Paper 2

Period study and British depth study

Period study: The American West 1835 – 1895

British depth study: The reigns of King Richard I and King John 1189-1216

This paper is worth 40% of your final mark.

Paper 3

Modern depth study

Period study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 39

This paper is worth 30% of your final mark.

How will I be assessed?

There are three exams which are all assessed at the end of Year 11. By this time, we will have thoroughly prepared students with a deep understanding of the periods and topics needed, as well as methods for how to evaluate texts and structure exam answers.

What could my next steps be?

This is a qualification that gives you many skills that employers value. History students have pursued careers as lawyers, teachers, social workers, journalists, scientists, doctors, archivists and researchers. The next step from GCSE is A-Level History, which at Hall Park focuses on Industrial and Modern History.

The History department run a range of activities that link to the GCSE including:

  • Battlefields day (Historic environment)
  • Lincoln Castle (Richard I and John)
  • Thackray Medical Museum (Medicine in Britain 1250 to present)


Mr Fenby (Head of Humanities)  -