Claremont High School Academy

History - A level and GCSE


History is one of the most popular GCSE options at Claremont. The department follow the AQA GCSE History specification, which use an understanding of the past to give students a better insight into the world around them.

At the end of the GCSE students will sit two exam papers, which cover a diverse content. Each exam paper is a two hours long. 

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and dictatorship.

Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950-1975.

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day.

Elizabethan England c1588-1603 (including the historic environment- an exam question on a historical site which changes yearly). 



The department follow the AQA History specification, which encourages students to show both depth and breadth in their historical understanding. Students are expected to be proactive and participate in the debates of the past.

At the end of the A-Level students will sit two exam papers. Each paper is two and a half hours long. The topics we cover at A-Level include:  

Paper 1 :The Age of the Crusades 1071-1204

Paper 2: The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007

Coursework/ Non- Examined Assessment [NEA]: This is an extended piece of writing of 4,500 words, which covers 100 years of history: The Road towards Indian Independence 1847-1947. The NEA makes up 20% of candidates overall grade.   

All A-Level units are taught by specialist History teachers who have considerable expertise in their taught area.