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History GCSE at Bradford College

Course description

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 content

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.


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

Future opportunities

This course will give you:

  • An 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
  • An appreciation of the role of bias in history
  • An understanding of historic themes, such as warfare
  • The knowledge of 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.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bradford College directly.

Last updated date: 25 April 2016
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