1Course Overview

GCSE History inc exams

Course code: OSC1355

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

As well as providing an excellent knowledge base in history, this GCSE course is ideal for:

  • Students who are planning to study History at A-Level
  • Those wanting to understand more about UK and global events of the past 1000 years

This course includes exams, which must be taken at either our Birmingham or Macclesfield exam centre. Please ensure you are able to travel to either of these places. We will book and pay for your exams when you're ready to take them. 

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2Course Content

Specification code:  8145

Unit 1: Period studies: Russia 1894-1941 Tsardom and Communism

The end of Tsardom

Lenin’s new society

Stalin’s USSR

Unit 2: Wider world depth studies: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972

The origins of the Cold War

The development of the Cold War

Transformation of the Cold War

Unit 3: Thematic studies: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

Challenging authority and feudalism

Challenging royal authority

Reform and reformers

Equality and rights

Unit 4: British depth studies including the historic environment: Restoration England, 1660-1685

Crown, Parliament, plots and court life

Life in restoration England

Land, trade and war

The historic environment of Restoration England

3Other Information

To achieve a GCSE in History you will be assessed across all units. The cost of this course includes your exams - we will book and pay for them when you're ready.

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

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 exam
  • ination
  • 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

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.

Course Duration

You will have 12 months to complete 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 this home learning course and passing 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).


Your Questions Answered

Is this the same qualification as a GCSE from a school or college?

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.

What skills are needed to enrol onto this course?

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

What is included in the cost of the course?
  • Dedicated personal tutor support
  • Dedicated student support
  • Accreditation
  • Assignment marking and feedback
  • Final exams
  • FREE CV writing service
  • Comprehensive study guide*
  • Open Study College pen and highlighter*
  • Student study planner*
  • Student notebook*
  • Document wallet*

* Not included with the online study option

Is there a required reading list?

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

Do I have to sit an exam?

You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. The cost of the exams is included in this course. We will book and pay for them when you are ready. The exams must be taken at either our Birmingham or Macclesfield exam centre. Please ensure you are able to travel to these places.

Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre.

Are there any additional costs?

No, everything you need is included in the cost if the course.

What if I live outside the UK?

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.

What happens if I lose my course pack?

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.

What if I still have questions?

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 Support Team a call on 03300 563 100 and they’ll do their best to help.

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