Qualification: GCSE (1-9) History
Exam Board: AQA
Exam Website


Exam Dates:

History Paper 1: 1h 45m

8145/1B Understanding the modern world:

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship.

Section A: Period study

Topic 1 Germany and the growth of democracy

Topic 2 Germany and the Depression

Topic 3 The experiences of Germans under the Nazis

Section B: Wider world depth study

Conflict and tension: the First World War, 1894–1918

Topic 1 The causes of the First World War

Topic 2 The First World War: stalemate

Topic 3 Ending the war

History Paper 2: 1h 45m

8145/2B Shaping the nation:

Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

Topic 1 Challenging authority and feudalism

Topic 2 Challenging royal authority

Topic 3 Reform and reformers

Topic 4 Equality and Rights

Section B British depth study

Topic 1 Norman England, c1066–c1100

Topic 2 The Normans: conquest and control

Topic 3 The Norman Church and monasticism

Topic 4 The historic environment of Norman England (Pevensey Castle)



Hodder and Oxford both publish revision guides and workbooks for students. Any you purchase must be for ‘AQA’ History.


A selection of AQA History GCSE Revision guides are also available from Amazon:


Revision websites:

Use your Dynamic Learning login to access exam technique tips here;


Free History Lessons videos:


BBC Bitesize History:

The website is currently being updated with content for the new GCSE. You can use it as it appears here;


GCSEPOD: Contains 50% of the course materials, Germay 1890-1945 and Norman England.


Revision Sessions:

There are two History Revision sessions (currently every Thursday), 3:15-4:15 p.m. in C6 and C7 which you are expected to attend.

These provide an opportunity to re-examine the content of the course from Year 9 and Year 10.

It would be useful if you could bring your old books covering these earlier topics.

This is an opportunity to catch up on any concepts that you are finding difficult or aspects of the course you have missed.

Teacher Revision: Your History teacher will also let you know when they want you to attend specific revision sessions before school or at lunch.