Unsure about how to tackle teaching long periods of History at GCSE? Unfamiliar with key issues in the history of medicine and health across time?

This focused one-hour webinar will provide you with key advice on how to tackle teaching a GCSE thematic history unit, using the medicine and health topic as an example.

This webinar includes a set of notes which will be sent in advance for teachers, and which students will be able to use after the webinar to improve their exam revision.

This interactive webinar will have a specific focus on how to get to grips with:

  • Developing a sense of period
  • Understanding the themes running across time
  • Using key concepts of change, continuity and causation
  • What an excellent response to an extended answer question looks like


  • Gain an understanding of how the key ideas of continuity, change, causation, sense of period structure the whole course
  • Access techniques for showing your students how to balance big picture and detailed knowledge.
  • Acquire more focused teaching in order to enable your students to succeed.


Introduction, welcome and sound check

Edexcel, AQA, OCR (B) and Eduqas Similarities and differences

Dividing up the content (1): Periods

  • The importance of chronology and how to develop it
  • Creating a sense of period
  • Key features of periods in the history of medicine and health

Dividing up the content (2): Themes

  • Knowledge, causes and cures
  • Public Health
  • Following the themes across periods
  • Making comparisons across time

Change and continuity

  • Identifying changes in terms of before and after
  • Identifying continuities
  • Identifying incomplete, or partial change


  • Identifying factors bringing about change
  • Identifying factors inhibiting change
  • Identifying multiple factors in change or continuity

Activity: Reviewing student responses to an extended answer question

Final tips

Chris Culpin

Chris Culpin has many years’ experience as a teacher and Chief Examiner and was Director of the Schools History Project for 11 years. He has written several successful and ground-breaking textbooks including Medicine Through Time. He has worked on online resources for Medicine through Time for the Science Museum, and on programmes for BBC Schools TV and Bitesize. He is a Fellow of the Historical Association and winner of the HA Norton Medlicott Medal in 2007. He has many years’ experience running courses for students and teachers.