Course Overview

Investigating our history is essential – after all, how can we understand the modern world without first understanding the past? The new AQA GCSE in History enables students to learn in depth about different aspects and eras of history, in particular why historic events still influence the present.

As well as enabling you to widen your knowledge and understanding of the past, GCSE History will develop your ability to interpret sources, ask significant questions and research topics. In particular, you will begin to appreciate why historians interpret past events in different ways, which will enable you to gain new insights into the modern world. 

Course Structure

GCSE History at Bradford College will follow the AQA B specification in twentieth-century history.

  • Unit 1 covers International Relations: Conflict and Peace
  • Unit 2 explores Twentieth-century Depth Studies
  • Unit 3 is an historical enquiry into an aspect of British history in the 1900s, on which you will write around 2,000 words.

You will study topics such as the First and Second World Wars and the Cold War, and gain a broad overview of world history in this dramatic era, with a focus on events in Germany, Russia, Britain and America.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English/English Literature at a minimum of Grade D. If you do not have these qualifications you will be considered for the course if you reach the required standard on our initial English assessment.

English and/or Mathematics will be included in your timetable if you have not achieved a GCSE at Grade A*-C in these subjects when you commence your course.

How Will I Learn?

GCSE History comprises a wide range of teaching and learning methods and resources.

These include:

  • Class teaching
  • Group, pair and individual work
  • Discussion and research
  • A wide range of assignments and past exam questions
  • Analysis of a range of historic sources
  • Individual work through Moodle and quizzes on Quizlet.

Skills You Will Develop

  • In-depth and broad knowledge of various eras in history, including world, European and British
  • The ability to analyse and interpret a variety of different historic sources
  • Appreciation of the role of bias in history
  • Understanding of historic themes, such as warfare
  • How to account for historians’ differing views about past events
  • Development of attentive, thoughtful and persuasive arguments
  • Understanding and appreciation of how historical events continue to affect the present.


Field and research trips. 

How You Will Be Assessed

There are two externally assessed papers, both sat at the end of the course.

Things You May Need

You may need a copy of a course textbook (although most printed resources will be available in the college library, online or from the teacher), and stationery.

Information, Advice and Support

Careers Guidance

Help with choosing the right course and with thinking about where this might take you in the future.
Tel: 01274 433043
Email: [email protected]

Student Finance

Money matters - you may be entitled to financial support whilst you study.
Tel: 01274 433246.
Email: [email protected]

Learning Support

Support for applicants with a learning difficulty, disability, illness or other learning need.
Tel: 01274 438999
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For all other queries call 01274 088088

Tuition Fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our FE Registry team.
Tel: 01274 433172
Email: [email protected].