Subject Overview

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8), students study a 1000 years of history spanning from the Norman invasion in 1066 to the development of the Cold War. A broad and balanced programme of study is offered and connections between past events and the modern world are made wherever possible. At GCSE, students study a modern world course intended to give students an understanding of the world in which they live. A Level History combines the study of early modern British history with modern German history. It is an unusual combination of topics which has proven popular with students.

Teaching Aims and Objectives

History aims to prepare students for success in today’s world of work by:
  • developing their ability to think creatively, logically and critically
  • developing their ability to read for pleasure and for information
  • developing their ability to read quickly, effectively and with purpose by utilising the skills of close reading, skim reading and scanning
  • analysing and critically evaluating a range of information
  • communicating their ideas clearly through speaking and writing.
History aims to encourage students to be active, morally responsible citizens, able to play a full and effective role in their communities, by developing students’ emotional intelligence and attempting to engage them in the moral dilemmas of the past. History looks to encourage its students to form a personal and moral opinion about the world in which they live.

After studying their History course, students should have a general knowledge of the key events that have shaped the world at local, national and international level. This should help give students a shared cultural understanding that will help them take their place in our society.
Course Information

Students study a broad History course at Key Stage 3. They learn about the key events that have shaped the modern world, including:
  • the Norman Invasion in 1066
  • the religious and political conflicts during the Tudor and Stuart dynasties
  • how the industrial revolution affected Britain and its empire
  • a study of peoples’ rights and freedoms, focusing on the Slave Trade
  • why wars happen, including World War I and World War II.

Many students choose to continue studying History at GCSE. They follow the AQA syllabus 8145. This covers a range of time periods and aspects of history:

Paper 1

Section A: Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship Section B: Conflict and Tension between East and West, 1945-1972

Paper 2

Section A: Britain: Migration, Empires and the People: c.790 to present day Section B:  Elizabethan England, c.1568-16  

A Level

History at A Level is a popular option. Students study a combination of Early Modern and Modern History. The AQA syllabus requires the students to study the following units:
  • Unit 1: The Tudors: England, 1485-1603 (1C)
  • Unit 2: The Cold War, c.1945-1990 (2R)
  • NEA:   Coursework on the Crusades
  • Subject Leader: Helen Drought
  • Teachers: Ellen Hoe, Annalies McIver, Rachel Branton