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GCSE History Course

Exam board: WJEC
Exam code: 3820QS

What is History?

History is the study of key features and characteristics of historical periods. Students will develop skills which enable them to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations in the context of historical events studied. They will learn how to use a range of source material to comprehend, interpret and cross refer sources. They will also develop skills to explain, analyse and make judgements about historical events and periods.  Students will be taught how to apply their understanding to succeed in the examinations.

Which subjects combine well with History?

History combines well with a number of other subjects. English Literature, Government & Politics and Economics are obvious examples, but History also complements a more Science based programme showing an ability to write analytically and understand current events in their historical context.


The WJEC GCSE in History is attractive, giving learners the opportunity to study:

  • specific aspects of the past in depth (short term), and breadth (medium and long term)
  • history in a variety of geographical contexts: local, British and European and/or
    wider world settings
  • continuity, change, cause, consequence, significance and similarity and
    difference over different periods of time both short term, medium term and long term
  • Welsh history and a Welsh perspective which arises naturally from the subject
    matter which enriches learners’ understanding of the world around them

The WJEC GCSE in History encourages learners to:

  • develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its
    intrinsic value and significance
  • develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specific historical
    events, periods and societies
  • develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of Welsh history and the Welsh perspective in history
  • acquire an understanding of different identities, including their own, within a
    society and an appreciation of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity
  • build on their understanding of the past and the diversity of human experience
    through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study
  • improve as effective, independent and resilient learners and as critical and
    reflective thinkers through a process of historical enquiry
  • develop the ability to ask relevant and considered questions about the past and
    to investigate historical issues critically
  • acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example, that
    history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that
    some historical judgements may be more valid than others
  •  develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills
  • develop the ability to construct valid and realistic historical claims by using a
    range of sources in context
  •  develop a critical appreciation of the concept of historical significance and why
    some people, events and developments are seen as historically significant
  • develop a critical appreciation of how and why different interpretations have been constructed about historically significant people, events and developments
  • make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and
    aspects of the past
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in
    different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.


This unitised qualification will be available in the summer series each year.

There are three written papers,. In the Unit 4 paper, you will be required to answer an essay question.

Exam Access Arrangements

Exam access arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment. For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.

We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor.  The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits exams.

To find out more about exam access arrangements  click here


We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual. As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.

The regular GCSE courses commence in September and an intake in January, these courses are designed to be taught in a classroom environment / online and follow a structured curriculum with a fixed schedule of classes, assessments and exams.

Distance Learning online courses can be started at any time throughout the year, and students can work at their own pace and in their own time.

You’ll sit the same GCSE exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification. Your GCSE course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.

You can study GCSE courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and in person teaching in class, Online live classes only or Distant learning course.

IGCSE qualifications are ideal for those wanting to study for national qualifications by distance learning. Without all the administrative problems that encumber GCSE course work.

We offer a range of IGCSE Courses; see our Distance learning course page.

Choosing a tier isn’t always easy, particularly for languages, we can help you make a decision. Nobody is a better judge of a student’s ability than their teacher. Regular assessments and mock exams are a key part of our decision making.

If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.

  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have said in your enrolment.

GCSE’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year – would be an intensive course.
You may be able to complete this in one year as an intensive course, you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

We offer GCSEs – part time in the evenings to adult learners.

We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.

Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online.

If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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