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GCSE History including exams

This course at a glance

  • Study critical points in Europe’s history
  • Learn to question sources and analyse evidence
  • Understand the impact of events on the world
  • Complete this GSCE in as little as 6 months
  • Open up exciting new avenues of study
  • This course bundle includes all course material and exams

Studying your GCSE

The study of History is not only an opportunity to examine our past but identify similar trends in the present. The study of History means analysing events and making judgements about how they shaped the world then and now.

Partnered with other humanities courses, History can provide you with strong analytical skills in addition to a solid grasp of key historical events.

Your studies will focus on America's expansion between 1840 and 1895, the build-up to the First World War, Britain from 1170 to today and English Restoration between 1660 and 1685.

This course bundle includes all the materials and the two exams you need to gain your GCSE History.

Both papers are written exams and will cover the concepts of understanding the modern world and shaping the nation.

By the time you have completed your course, you will have learned to assess the validity of sources, analyse evidence and draw reasoned conclusions on events of historical significance. This will allow you to build on your knowledge through the completion of A Level History or an Access to HE Diploma.

Getting Started

Studying your GCSE with learndirect isn’t like with traditional colleges. As a leading distance learning institute, all your work is online. So, you never need to worry about making it to class.

Your classroom is wherever you feel you do your learning best. And class starts when it suits you, not when someone tells you to arrive.

This gives you the freedom to study your GCSE around your existing commitments, as opposed to sacrificing family time to complete your work.

Because the course is online, you can start right away via our online portal. This gives you the choice to decide not only when to study, but how quickly you want to complete the course. The only specific deadline to work towards is your exam – exam sittings are held once per year in May or June. Please note, GCSE History past papers can also be purchased in our mock exam bolt-on, should you wish to practice completing your GCSE History exam. 

You will also be provided with a tutor to support you throughout your History GCSE. Your tutor will mark your assignments, providing guidance and feedback. They are also on hand to answer questions or clarify anything should you get stuck.

Pursuing your career

A GCSE in History allows you to go on to A Level study, complete an RQF or an Access to HE Diploma. All of which can allow you to go on to study History or Humanities at degree level. If you were wondering how to get more UCAS points for university, achieving great grades at GCSE level will certainly help.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

Modules

As you progress through your course, you will study the following modules:

  • Introduction to History
  • America, 1840-1895: Expansion and consolidation
  • Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894-1918
  • Britain: Power and the people c1170 to the present day
  • Restoration England, 1660-1685

Entry Requirements

You must complete at least 50% of the course and pass the associated assignments before you are eligible to be entered for the exams.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes to complete the course is 18 months.

Assessment requirements

The assessment consists of written exams

Exams required

One of our exam partners will provide the exam centre and oversee the examination process.

Is Membership Required?

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 3 months after receiving the result.

Extension Rules

£40 for six months, maximum of twice. If expired more than six months ago, or have already had two extensions, then they need to restart the course and pay again.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before exams can be booked.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

At the end of each unit you will find a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA). This is completed online and submitted to your tutor. Once assessed your tutor will return your work complete with its final grade and feedback. Once you’ve successfully passed each assignment you’ll be ready to take your exam!

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

If you wish to practice completing your GCSE History exam ahead of your official GCSE exam, we offer learners the chance to purchase GCSE History past papers to complete a mock exam. This helps gives you an idea of how you will perform when the time comes around to completing the real thing.

Tutors and Exams

Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates.

Tutors and Exams have examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St Neots Cambridgeshire,  High Wycombe, Taunton, Wimbledon and Belfast. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

If you decide to take the GCSE exam at the end of this course and pass, you will have gained a GCSE in History. This will enable you to progress to further and higher education programmes, like A Level study and university degree programmes. 

For a full breakdown of the new GCSE grading system and the number GCSE grade equivalents, view our GCSE grades explained page

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether History GCSE is hard depends on your perspective and study habits. It requires you to manage a lot of information like dates, events, figures, and their connections can be challenging to remember. You’ll also need strong writing skills as you’ll be analysing sources, constructing arguments, and expressing ideas clearly. Critical thinking is also essential as understanding different viewpoints and forming your own conclusions is key. These can make the course challenging for some, however, it's also extremely interesting as you dive into fascinating periods and explore diverse societies. Unravelling the past and understanding its impact on the present can be incredibly satisfying. Ultimately, effort and passion can make History GCSE a rewarding experience, regardless of its perceived difficulty.
Yes, you can! At learndirect there is no upper age limit on our GCSE courses, and the fact you can study them online and at home makes it incredibly easy to fit around your work or family commitments.
GCSE History equips you with an extensive and impressive set of skills. You’ll develop critical thinking to analyse information and form reasoned judgments, communication skills to write persuasively and express complex ideas, and research prowess to navigate sources and build strong arguments. These transferable skills are prized across diverse fields, from law and business to journalism and teaching, and empower you to understand the world, yourself, and your place in history.
Our tips for conquering GCSE History include 1. Diversify your learning: Use flashcards, mind maps, timelines, and even historical documentaries to engage different learning styles. 2. Practice makes perfect: Regularly test yourself to identify areas for improvement. 3. Connect the dots: Don't memorise facts in isolation. Understand the relationships between events, figures, causes and consequences. 4. Master the mark scheme: Analyse past papers to understand what examiners reward in essays and answers. 5. Seek help: Don't struggle alone! Speak to your tutor and engage with others on your course in the learndirect community. Remember, a consistent, active approach is key to acing your GCSE History exams.
Yes, it is. Everything you need to achieve your History GCSE is included in this online course.
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Tuesday 12th March
  • SALE Savings End Midnight Tuesday 12th March

GCSE History including exams

This course at a glance

  • Study critical points in Europe’s history
  • Learn to question sources and analyse evidence
  • Understand the impact of events on the world
  • Complete this GSCE in as little as 6 months
  • Open up exciting new avenues of study
  • This course bundle includes all course material and exams

Studying your GCSE

The study of History is not only an opportunity to examine our past but identify similar trends in the present. The study of History means analysing events and making judgements about how they shaped the world then and now.

Partnered with other humanities courses, History can provide you with strong analytical skills in addition to a solid grasp of key historical events.

Your studies will focus on America's expansion between 1840 and 1895, the build-up to the First World War, Britain from 1170 to today and English Restoration between 1660 and 1685.

This course bundle includes all the materials and the two exams you need to gain your GCSE History.

Both papers are written exams and will cover the concepts of understanding the modern world and shaping the nation.

By the time you have completed your course, you will have learned to assess the validity of sources, analyse evidence and draw reasoned conclusions on events of historical significance. This will allow you to build on your knowledge through the completion of A Level History or an Access to HE Diploma.

Getting Started

Studying your GCSE with learndirect isn’t like with traditional colleges. As a leading distance learning institute, all your work is online. So, you never need to worry about making it to class.

Your classroom is wherever you feel you do your learning best. And class starts when it suits you, not when someone tells you to arrive.

This gives you the freedom to study your GCSE around your existing commitments, as opposed to sacrificing family time to complete your work.

Because the course is online, you can start right away via our online portal. This gives you the choice to decide not only when to study, but how quickly you want to complete the course. The only specific deadline to work towards is your exam – exam sittings are held once per year in May or June. Please note, GCSE History past papers can also be purchased in our mock exam bolt-on, should you wish to practice completing your GCSE History exam. 

You will also be provided with a tutor to support you throughout your History GCSE. Your tutor will mark your assignments, providing guidance and feedback. They are also on hand to answer questions or clarify anything should you get stuck.

Pursuing your career

A GCSE in History allows you to go on to A Level study, complete an RQF or an Access to HE Diploma. All of which can allow you to go on to study History or Humanities at degree level. If you were wondering how to get more UCAS points for university, achieving great grades at GCSE level will certainly help.

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

Modules

As you progress through your course, you will study the following modules:

  • Introduction to History
  • America, 1840-1895: Expansion and consolidation
  • Conflict and tension: The First World War, 1894-1918
  • Britain: Power and the people c1170 to the present day
  • Restoration England, 1660-1685

Entry Requirements

You must complete at least 50% of the course and pass the associated assignments before you are eligible to be entered for the exams.

Average completion timeframe

The average time it takes to complete the course is 18 months.

Assessment requirements

The assessment consists of written exams

Exams required

One of our exam partners will provide the exam centre and oversee the examination process.

Is Membership Required?

No membership is required to enrol on this course.

Certification Timeframe

You can expect to receive your certificate 3 months after receiving the result.

Extension Rules

£40 for six months, maximum of twice. If expired more than six months ago, or have already had two extensions, then they need to restart the course and pay again.

Course Fees

All course fees, inclusive of all payment plans including our Premium Credit Limited option, must be settled before exams can be booked.

*You will have access to the course for 24 months.

Excellent Marking

Assessment

At the end of each unit you will find a Tutor Marked Assignment (TMA). This is completed online and submitted to your tutor. Once assessed your tutor will return your work complete with its final grade and feedback. Once you’ve successfully passed each assignment you’ll be ready to take your exam!

IMPORTANT NOTE:

You will be unable to book your exam until all outstanding course fees are settled in full, this includes any associated charges deemed to be payable as per your initial contract.

All courses funded via our partner Premium Credit Limited, will need to be settled with them directly.

If you wish to practice completing your GCSE History exam ahead of your official GCSE exam, we offer learners the chance to purchase GCSE History past papers to complete a mock exam. This helps gives you an idea of how you will perform when the time comes around to completing the real thing.

Tutors and Exams

Tutors and Exams provides examination and assessment facilities primarily aimed at private and home educated candidates.

Tutors and Exams have examination centres located around the country: Bolton, Coventry, Doncaster, St Neots Cambridgeshire,  High Wycombe, Taunton, Wimbledon and Belfast. All are approved for examination delivery by the Joint Council for Qualifications (JCQ).

Qualifications

If you decide to take the GCSE exam at the end of this course and pass, you will have gained a GCSE in History. This will enable you to progress to further and higher education programmes, like A Level study and university degree programmes. 

For a full breakdown of the new GCSE grading system and the number GCSE grade equivalents, view our GCSE grades explained page

Frequently Asked Questions

Whether History GCSE is hard depends on your perspective and study habits. It requires you to manage a lot of information like dates, events, figures, and their connections can be challenging to remember. You’ll also need strong writing skills as you’ll be analysing sources, constructing arguments, and expressing ideas clearly. Critical thinking is also essential as understanding different viewpoints and forming your own conclusions is key. These can make the course challenging for some, however, it's also extremely interesting as you dive into fascinating periods and explore diverse societies. Unravelling the past and understanding its impact on the present can be incredibly satisfying. Ultimately, effort and passion can make History GCSE a rewarding experience, regardless of its perceived difficulty.
Yes, you can! At learndirect there is no upper age limit on our GCSE courses, and the fact you can study them online and at home makes it incredibly easy to fit around your work or family commitments.
GCSE History equips you with an extensive and impressive set of skills. You’ll develop critical thinking to analyse information and form reasoned judgments, communication skills to write persuasively and express complex ideas, and research prowess to navigate sources and build strong arguments. These transferable skills are prized across diverse fields, from law and business to journalism and teaching, and empower you to understand the world, yourself, and your place in history.
Our tips for conquering GCSE History include 1. Diversify your learning: Use flashcards, mind maps, timelines, and even historical documentaries to engage different learning styles. 2. Practice makes perfect: Regularly test yourself to identify areas for improvement. 3. Connect the dots: Don't memorise facts in isolation. Understand the relationships between events, figures, causes and consequences. 4. Master the mark scheme: Analyse past papers to understand what examiners reward in essays and answers. 5. Seek help: Don't struggle alone! Speak to your tutor and engage with others on your course in the learndirect community. Remember, a consistent, active approach is key to acing your GCSE History exams.
Yes, it is. Everything you need to achieve your History GCSE is included in this online course.
OUR PASS RATE
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96%
(National Average 82.6%)
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