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GCSE History (601/8217/9)

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12 months · Self-paced
Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in History
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Begin a captivating journey through history with our GCSE History online course! Designed to align with UK curriculum standards, our flexible and accessible programme allows you to explore the past from the comfort of your home.

Choose from engaging period studies and wider world depth studies, covering topics such as America's expansion and conflicts of the 20th century.

With unlimited tutor support and accessible study materials, you'll receive the guidance needed to excel. Our experienced tutors are available to answer questions and provide feedback, ensuring support throughout your learning journey. Additionally, our study materials are designed for easy understanding, allowing you to learn conveniently at your own pace.

Whether you're looking to pursue higher education or simply want to expand your knowledge of the past, our GCSE History course provides a solid foundation for future success.


Level 1/Level 2 GCSE in History

Awarded by AQA Education
Regulated by Ofqual


About This Course

Study an internationally recognised qualification from home and open doors to A Levels and beyond!

Cultivate your historical knowledge as you achieve an incredibly popular GCSE History qualification, right from the comfort of your own home.

This GCSE History online course seeks to nurture a solid base of historical knowledge that you can use to achieve further study, from A Levels to university. Our curriculum covers a wide range of important topics in modern world history, with a special emphasis on the historical developments of the United Kingdom and other contemporary European nations. It has been crafted to align with the curriculum followed in UK schools, ensuring that you can achieve the same qualification even while studying from home.

Experience a stress-free revision journey, and embrace unlimited tutor support, comprehensive study guides, and personalised exam prep tailored to your needs. We even help with booking your exams, allowing you to focus entirely on your studies.

Please note: You are able to complete this course without sitting exams; however, in order to achieve a full GCSE History qualification, exams are mandatory.

Qualification Title: GCSE History
Qualification Number: 601/8217/9

Course Units

3.2 Understanding the Modern World Section A – Period Studies

Students will have a choice to study ONE of the following period studies:

  • America 1840-1895: Expansion and Consolidation
  • Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Russia 1894-1945: Tsardom and Communism
  • America 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality

3.2 Understanding the Modern World Section B – Wider World Depth Studies

Students will have a choice to study ONE of the following wider world depth studies:

  • Conflict and Tension: The First World War, 1894-1918
  • Conflict and Tension: The Inter-War Years, 1918-1939
  • Conflict and Tension between East and West, 1945-1972
  • Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950-1975
  • Conflict and Tension in the Gulf and Afghanistan, 1990-2009

3.3 Shaping the Nation Section A – Thematic Studies

Students will have a choice to study ONE of the following thematic studies:

  • Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the Present Day
  • Britain: Power and the People: c1170 to the Present Day
  • Britain: Migration, Empires, and the People: c790 to the Present Day

3.3 Shaping the Nation Section B – British Depth Studies

Students will have a choice to study ONE of the following British depth studies:

  • Norman England: c1066-c1100
  • Medieval England: The Reign of King Edward I, 1272-1307
  • Elizabethan England: c1568-1603
  • Restoration England: 1660-1685


GCSE History requires students to complete 2 written exams. They’re referred to as Paper 1, and Paper 2.

You will need to sit your exams under supervision at an exam centre. There is a separate fee for booking your exams, which will be paid directly to the exam centre at the time of booking. We’ll help you to book your exam when you feel ready to do so, however, we recommend booking as soon as possible to ensure your place. Exams take place in May and June.

Paper 1:

  • 2 hours written exam
  • 50% of overall GCSE History marks
  • Section A: Understanding the Modern World – Period Study
  • Section B: Understanding the Modern World – Wider World Depth Study

Paper 2:

  • 2 hours written exam
  • 50% of overall GCSE History marks
  • Section A: Shaping the Nation – Thematic Study
  • Section B: Shaping the Nation – British Depth Study


There are no knowledge or skill requirements to enrol on GCSE History.


You will first complete the assessments included in your course materials. These will be marked by your dedicated tutor and will prepare you for your exam.


You are required to complete 2 written exams that take place in May and June. Each exam is worth 50% of your overall GCSE mark.

  • Paper 1: 2 hour written exam, 50% of marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hour written exam, 50% of marks.

Exam Fees

There is a separate fee for the examinations paid directly to the exam centre at the time of booking. We’ll help you book them when you are ready.

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