GCSE History

Course codes: OSC1354 / OSC1355

Pursue your studies in History, from home. This course provides you with all needed to successfully gain your GCSE History qualification.

  • Gain an internationally recognised qualification for further studies in History at A-Level.
  • Gain an understanding about UK and global events of the past 1000 years
  • Study at your own pace, in your own environment
  • Exam fees and practical sessions can be included - we'll book these for you when you're ready!
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Course overview

This GCSE History course is the same as a UK GCSE studied in traditional schools and colleges.

You can take this course without completing exams but you will not receive the GCSE accreditation.

Course Duration

Up to 12 months.

Course Outcome

GCSE in History (you must take the exams to achieve this).

Entry Requirements

There are no specific entry requirements for this course.


2 paper-based exams.

Course content

Specification code: 8145

  • The end of Tsardom
  • Lenin’s new society
  • Stalin’s USSR
  • The origins of the Cold War
  • The development of the Cold War
  • Transformation of the Cold War
  • Challenging authority and feudalism
  • Challenging royal authority
  • Reform and reformers
  • Equality and rights
  • Crown, Parliament, plots and court life
  • Life in restoration England
  • Land, trade and war
  • The historic environment of Restoration England
Extra info


To achieve a GCSE in History you will be assessed across all units. You can include your exams and we will book them when you’re ready. These will need to be taken in either our Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster, London or Macclesfield exam centre.

Although you are assessed formally by examination, you will also be required to submit tutor-marked assignments. These are designed to help you and monitor your progress.

There are 2 paper-based examinations. A more detailed breakdown of the assessment details is provided below.

Course Duration

You will have up to 1 year to for the full GCSE History course from the date you receive your materials. You will be able to study at your own pace and in your own time without the pressure of tight deadlines.

Study Method

This course enables you to study for an GCSE History by distance learning at home or at work. Your course materials will be sent by post or online, so receiving your materials is easy and hassle-free. Full tutor support will be available via email, so help is only a click away!

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of the exams you will receive a GCSE in History.

The GCSE is recognised by universities, schools and employers around the world. It is awarded by AQA.

Available grades for this qualification will be awarded in a new 9-1 scale, where 9 is the highest (equivalent to A* under the old system).

Exam details

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Type: Written examination

Duration: 2 Hours

Weighing: 50% of the GCSE

Total Marks: 84 (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

What’s assessed:

In Section A there is a choice of four period studies, each with a focus on two key developments in a country’s history over at least a 50 year period. Six compulsory questions (40 marks)

In section B there is a choice of five wider world depth studies. These focus on international conflict and tension. Four compulsory questions (40 marks).

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Type: Written examination

Duration: 2 Hours

Weighing: 50% of the GCSE

Total Marks: 84 (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar)

What’s assessed:

In Section A there is a choice of three thematic studies, which look at key developments in Britain over a long period. Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

In section B there is a choice of four British depth studies incorporating the study of a specific historic environment. Four compulsory questions (40 marks)

Plus 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar


Yes!  This course is the same as a GCSE you would study at a traditional school or college.

The only difference is that this course is designed to be studied from home and you receive full tutor support via email.

You do not need any previous knowledge to enrol onto this course.

  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • FREE XO Student Discounts card
  • FREE CV critique service
  • FREE employability guide to help you impress future employers
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College Pen and Highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. The cost of the exams can be included in this course. If you add these on, we will book and pay for them when you are ready. Please note: If you add on exams you will need to sit these exams in either the Birmingham, Bolton, Doncaster, London or Macclesfield examination centre.

If you don’t add on the exams, you will need to book and pay for these separately.

You are still able to study this GCSE course, but must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

It's not a problem. We offer a course replacement service, so if you get into trouble and your course pack is lost or damaged, our Student Support Team can provide you with a new set of materials for a one-time additional fee.

That's not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Adviser Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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