Welcome to the History Department

History is a popular subject both in KS3 and KS4. In KS3 students are able to get to grips with their own past and country´s history.

"History has allowed me to expand my own knowledge and develop key research skills." - Student


  • Miss G Potts (Head of History)
  • Miss E Bevan

History Prospectus Film

Links to SMSC

Throughout all Key Stages students learn about the different way the history has shaped us. In all units students will either study different aspects of culture, religion, political implications and how these impact of society. Some key examples would be the influence of religion and the church in the Middle Ages and how this impacted on everyday life, students look at the changes and continuities today. The way in which history is taught through cooperative leaning means students develop speaking and listening skills and have to respect other people´s opinions as they form their own.

Links to British Values including Prevent duty

History covers all aspects of our British values, for example tolerance and democracy. Students in Year 8 look at the injustice of slavery and human rights and why it is so important to be tolerant today. Through units on WWI and WWII including the Holocaust students also question the impact that war can cause to people and their lives. Studying the Nazis and Holocaust means that students are taught to challenge extreme views and to understand how propaganda and the media was used – but is not always true. We try to show them how to be balanced historians but also people.

Key Stage 3

Course Overview:

The KS3 curriculum is has been amended to help students progress and help them access the new specifications at GCSE. Students will study a variety of topics some in depth to develop key skills such as historical explanation and analysis. We are aim to cover a wide range of topics that develop students’ knowledge of British, European and World History. The KS3 curriculum allows students to develop their enquiry skills and helps them make links from the past to help them understand the world we live in today. 

Key Areas Of Study

Examples of topics include:

  • Historical skills including reliability, bias, source work, historical interpretation and explanation.

Some examples of topics include:

  • The Norman Conquest.
  • Medieval life including the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt.
  • The Tudors and the Reformation.
  • The English Civil War The Industrial Revolution and Empire.
  • Slavery and the slave trade.
  • Warfare through Time
  • Russian Revolution
  • Cold War

Course Length: 2 Years

Key Stage 4

Course title: Edexcel GCSE History 1-9

Course Overview:

The new GCSE offers engaging topics that the students can carry on it to further study. It allows them to develop the following skills:

  • Explanation and analyse of historical events and periods. Understanding historical concepts of change, continuity, causation, consequence, significance, similarity and difference
  • Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make judgements, in the context of historical events studied.
  • Analyse, evaluate of historical interpretations.

Students learn and work together with team activities and tasks. They are expected to also develop their research skills and be self-motivated independent  learner.

Key Areas Of Study:

  • Elizabethan England, 1558–88
  • The American West, c1835–c1895
  • Medicine in Britain, c1250–present with The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany
    • Revision/ Revision Techniques

    Assessment: The course in 100% exam based with 3 papers.

    • Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment.
      • Thematic study (20%)  with Historic environment (10%)
      • Total marks: 52 Exam time: 1h 15
    • Paper 2: Period study and British depth study. (40%)
      • British depth study (20%)
      • Total marks: 64 Exam time: 1h 45
    • Paper 3: Modern depth study. Modern depth study (30%)
      • Total marks: 52 Exam time: 1h 20

    Course Length: 3 Years

    Progression to: A Level History

    Extra-Curricular Activities: Catch up and revision sessions.

    Key Stage 5

    Course title: OCR History A, A Level History

    Course Overview: Students will gain an insight into some of the events, people and ideas from the last 500 years.

    Topics should spark and ensure students´ interest and will help them to study in greater depth the topics studies at GCSE.

    Units are designed so that students can make sense of the past through, Historical Enquiry, Historical Significance and understanding why historians disagree on the past, with units based on Historical Interpretations.

    Key Areas Of Study

    • Unit 1 –British period study and enquiry.
      • England 1547–1603: The Later Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558)
    • Unit 2 –Non British period study
      • Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963
    • Unit 3 -Thematic study and historical interpretations
      • Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992
    • Unit 4 – Topic based essay
      • Students will create their own question on the topic of their choice. Students will complete this independently using their research skills.

    Assessment: There will be 3 examined units and 1 non examined unit.

    • Unit 1 British period study and enquiry
      • 50 marks
      • 1 hour 30 minutes paper
    • Unit 2 Non–British period study
      • 30 marks
      • 1 hour paper
    • Unit 3 Thematic study and historical interpretations
      • 80 marks
      • 2 hour 30 minutes paper
    • Topic Based Essay 3000–4000 word essay
      • Non exam assessment
      • 40 marks

    Course Length: 2 Years

    Progression to: Degree in History

    Students can go on to study different subjects at university such as:

    • Archaeology
    • Journalism;
    • Law;
    • Museum studies;
    • Teaching;
    • Librarianship.

    Extra-Curricular Activities: Catch up and revision sessions.

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