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Should I take GCSE History

Please share your experiences of GCSE History: I am about to choose my GCSE options soon. Thanks :redface:
If you can write essays in a small amount of time and actually enjoy learning the history you'll be taught, go for it.
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Original post by NormalBrit
Please share your experiences of GCSE History: I am about to choose my GCSE options soon. Thanks :redface:


Depends on the courses but mostly it’s incredibly interesting. There’s way too much content (in fact a lot of teachers have been complaining and in a recent survey 34% of teachers said there’s too much content for history which was the highest % for any subject).

That being said, it’s a good essay based subject that is liked by sixth forms but can be incredibly challenging and demanding.

The exams I know of are out of 40 marks. You get an hour.

For the ones I do, 8 marker, 8 marker, 8 marker, 16 marker. All need essays and you should aim to spend 12 mins max on 8 markers and 20 mins max on 16 markers. Hope this helps!
Original post by subbhy
Depends on the courses but mostly it’s incredibly interesting. There’s way too much content (in fact a lot of teachers have been complaining and in a recent survey 34% of teachers said there’s too much content for history which was the highest % for any subject).

That being said, it’s a good essay based subject that is liked by sixth forms but can be incredibly challenging and demanding.

The exams I know of are out of 40 marks. You get an hour.

For the ones I do, 8 marker, 8 marker, 8 marker, 16 marker. All need essays and you should aim to spend 12 mins max on 8 markers and 20 mins max on 16 markers. Hope this helps!


So if you are interested in History then will it be easier to memorise the content? Whenever I memorise the history content it sticks in my head right away.
Original post by NormalBrit
Please share your experiences of GCSE History: I am about to choose my GCSE options soon. Thanks :redface:


for me, gcse history is a really enjoyable experience, and is my favourite option. experiences will depend on the course you are taking, but if you are good at writing essays quickly and if you are good at memorising the content, then do choose it. as well as this, look at the areas of history that your school has chosen - if you enjoy learning about these, then you should be able to cope pretty well :smile:
Original post by emmyq786
for me, gcse history is a really enjoyable experience, and is my favourite option. experiences will depend on the course you are taking, but if you are good at writing essays quickly and if you are good at memorising the content, then do choose it. as well as this, look at the areas of history that your school has chosen - if you enjoy learning about these, then you should be able to cope pretty well :smile:

Thanks for the advice! Do you actually need to be good at English to do gcse history or not really?
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I found GCSE history very easy, I got full marks in the exam, it's all about memorising content and then applying this to create structured essay paragraphs in the exam according to a certain structure per question. If you plan to do any humanities or social sciences related degree or A-levels history GCSE is very useful and informative, I find a lot of the content I have learnt is still relevant and applicable to my degree!
Original post by NormalBrit
Thanks for the advice! Do you actually need to be good at English to do gcse history or not really?


the short answer is yes, because history is an essay based subject, and for that, having good english skills are important when answering questions in history and when writing essays. history essays look for concise responses that sums up the question effectively without a lot of rambling, because when answers are being marked, the marker does not read the paper in depth - rather, they choose to skim over the responses to get a general gist of the understanding that you have of the topic in order to judge what sort of mark you are deserving of. therefore, you would want your response to be thorough, clear but not a huge chunk of waffling, which is where good english skills are helpful. in a lot of courses, including the one i am taking, an extra 4 marks are awarded for having good SPaG, so that is another point. good luck in choosing your options! although this is not related to your question, please carefully consider your options, and choose what you enjoy, because naturally, you will be better at learning what you enjoy rather than choosing what your friends are taking or what your family is recommending. you probably would've heard this a lot before, but this is very important when choosing. :smile:
Original post by NormalBrit
So if you are interested in History then will it be easier to memorise the content? Whenever I memorise the history content it sticks in my head right away.


Yes if you are interested in it then it will be easier to memorise stuff.
Original post by emmyq786
the short answer is yes, because history is an essay based subject, and for that, having good english skills are important when answering questions in history and when writing essays. history essays look for concise responses that sums up the question effectively without a lot of rambling, because when answers are being marked, the marker does not read the paper in depth - rather, they choose to skim over the responses to get a general gist of the understanding that you have of the topic in order to judge what sort of mark you are deserving of. therefore, you would want your response to be thorough, clear but not a huge chunk of waffling, which is where good english skills are helpful. in a lot of courses, including the one i am taking, an extra 4 marks are awarded for having good SPaG, so that is another point. good luck in choosing your options! although this is not related to your question, please carefully consider your options, and choose what you enjoy, because naturally, you will be better at learning what you enjoy rather than choosing what your friends are taking or what your family is recommending. you probably would've heard this a lot before, but this is very important when choosing. :smile:


Thank you!
Original post by emmyq786
for me, gcse history is a really enjoyable experience, and is my favourite option. experiences will depend on the course you are taking, but if you are good at writing essays quickly and if you are good at memorising the content, then do choose it. as well as this, look at the areas of history that your school has chosen - if you enjoy learning about these, then you should be able to cope pretty well :smile:


What course did you do?
Original post by NormalBrit
What course did you do?


i'm doing the aqa course, and the topics my school have chosen are conflict and tension in asia, medicine through the ages, elizabethan england and the americas
Original post by NormalBrit
Please share your experiences of GCSE History: I am about to choose my GCSE options soon. Thanks :redface:

Heya!
It's a very heavy essay subject. There are lots of dates and events to learn but if you are up to date with the material and do proper revision e.g. create a visual timeline to help yourself remember all of the events then you should be fine. I would recommend doing extra research on the internet as well when doing history - helps with understand more :h:

I hope this helps!
Milena
UCL PFE
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Hello there, I am a Year 11 student currently taking History, and unlike most people who take History, compared to my other subjects I am not good at English. However, History is actually my best subject. This is because in History everything has structure. Each question with enough knowledge, key terms and persuasive writing can achieve full marks as unlike English there is less opinion more information.

Different markers will mark most History pieces very similarly as if they have seen you use the right structure and knowledge, it will be easier to gain high marks unlike English where there can be larger differences between markers. So if you don't mind keeping the same structure for certain question and being able to use it while changing the information in the structure depending on the question, then you shall be fine!

I would certainly recommend History as a subject that will help you keep organized and as a bonus, help your essay writing ability.
Thanks for the replies everyone! I was a bit worried as everyone is saying that they know someone who took History and lived to regret it, so yeah!

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