History at Key stage 3 introduces students to the key skills that they will need to succeed in the subject at GCSE and enables them to explore a wide range of History from around the world.  Students are encouraged to challenge accepted views of the past by using evidence to support their views and by carefully researching their work.  Through their investigations they try to make sense of contemporary events by putting them in the context of History.

History at Key Stage 3

Our current KS3 curriculum includes topics on:

  • Year 7 – The Norman Conquest, the History of Parliament, the English Reformation, a depth study of India (empire to independence), the First World War and the fight for democracy in South Africa.
  • Year 8 – The Industrial revolution, the transatlantic slave trade and eventual abolition, the rise of dictators in the 20th century, a study of the Holocaust and a USA depth study.

History at Key Stage 4

The Edexcel GCSE in History course offered to students studying for a GCSE in this subject area has 5 units that develop the skills that have already been acquired at Key Stage 3. These include analysis, interpretation of evidence, extended writing, research and investigation

The topics studied are:

Paper 1 – (30%)

  • Medicine through Time (1250 to present day) This is a thematic study of the History of Medicine in Britain
  • The British Sector of the Western Front 1914 – 1918: injuries, treatments and the Trenches. This is an enquiry which develops evidence skills to find out about treatment of soldiers on the Western Front.

Paper 2 – (40%)

  • American West -1840 to 1895
    This is a study in depth of America and includes such topics as the Plains Indians, early settlers, cowboys and cattlemen and the problems of Law and Order in the West.
  • Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 1588
    An in depth look at religion, rebellion and exploration during Elizabeth I’s reign.

Paper 3 – 30% of total

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939
    A modern depth study which looks at the reasons for the rise of Adolf Hitler, the creation of his dictatorship and the policies of Nazi Germany in the lead up to World War II. Students learn to analyse sources and consider their strengths and weaknesses and to understand why the interpretations of this fascinating period of European History are often different.

Additional and recommended learning tools or reading

  • Revise Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) – Revision guide and workbook series by Pearson.

Department Members

  • Mr Calvert (Head of department)
  • Miss Perez-Ramirez
  • Miss C Ogbonna