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Welcome to History Options Taster Session

Did you know? 

A Japanese fighter pilot once dropped wreaths over the ocean to commemorate the dead from both sides. There were female Gladiators in Ancient Rome! A female gladiator was called a Gladiatrix, or Gladiatrices.  They were extremely rare, unlike their male counterparts.

We hope you enjoy the taster session!


What exam board do you study? 

The exam board is AQA. 

How many exams are there? 

There are 2 exams: 

  • Understanding the modern world 
  • Shaping the nation 

What makes a good historian? 

The best historians have a critical mind. Historians are empathetic and able to see things from the point of view of others including considering the historical and cultural context that the people of history were in.  You must enjoy history and be committed to working hard. 

What is the biggest question you get on the exam?   

The largest tariff question is 20 marks.  This question asks you “how far do you agree….” With a specific comment and expects you to construct arguments for both sides and come to your own conclusion. 

Is it good for a job or University? 

History is a facilitating subject meaning that the Russell Group of Elite Universities have said that it develops key skills that are useful in any degree.  Employers love the source interpretation skills that history gives you and the fact that history shows you can communicate your ideas well in writing. 

Does history go with my other options? 

As it is a facilitating subject and helps us to understand the present and future world history work well in combination with any subject. 

Do I have any say in what areas and time periods I study? 

The short answer is no, but, as a history department we have given lots of time and thought to which topics are most interesting and allow you to do well in the exam.  We have ensured that we study GCSE units covering the UK, Europe, Asia and the USA and have a wide temporal (time) scope.  The units cover a mix of modern history and older time periods.