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GCSE History at Queen Elizabeth School

Course description

Have you ever wondered if Robin Hood actually existed, why Lancaster is the oldest working castle in the country or what is the truth behind the story of the Lancashire Witches? Do you know why we burn Guy Fawkes on a bonfire on November 5th?

This course can help you explain the answers to these History Mysteries but beware!  This is Horrible History at its best


Course content

1. Crime and Punishment Through Time:

A study in the development of Crime and punishment from Roman times to the present day.

2. Elizabethan England.

You will study various aspects of Elizabethan life-government, culture and society. This is one of the most interesting and colourful periods of English History and you will be encouraged to consider the contrasts between the people and he ideas of the Elizabethan period and those of today.

History Around Us: Controlled assessment

This is especially for those who enjoy local History and it also complements our course on Crime

We will be studying the development of Lancaster Castle and its impact on the City of Lancaster.

Entry requirements

An enjoyment of History and an interest in local History


Future opportunities

Apart from a range of History courses at A level and university, History GCSE is well regarded by employers for the skills it provides. The ability to look at both sides of an argument, to write from a sustained, reasoned point of view and the skills in individual research that you develop. Don’t imagine that History is not for you if you are planning a career in Science. Universities are keen on scientists with all the skills mentioned above.


Further information

See Mrs Hartwell  or Mrs Burkitt in the History department


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth School directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years