Key Stage 3 History is taught in mixed ability sets for one hour a week. The curriculum provides an excellent grounding in the subject. An innovative, thematic approach has been adopted, allowing students to appreciate change over time and compare and contrast periods, whilst having a chronological understanding.
Year 7: ‘Medieval Life’
From Roman to Norman: what is History
The Norman Conquest
Life in the Middle Ages
Religion and conflict in the Medieval world
Magna Carta and the birth of Parliament
The Black Death
Year 8: ‘Early Modern Europe’
Religious change in Early Modern Europe
The English Civil War
From restoration to ‘Glorious Revolution’
Origins of Empire and the slave trade
Impact of the Industrial Revolution
Year 9: ‘Co-operation and Conflict in Twentieth Century Europe.’
The causes and events of the First World War
The impact of the First World War
The Inter-War Years 1918-139
Life in Nazi Germany and the Holocaust
The Origins of the Second World War
GCSE History covers some of the most significant and exciting events in British, European, and American history. The course develops the ability to analyse and evaluate the significance of past events, and develops an understanding of key historical concepts such as cause and consequence.
History develops skills in debating, analysing, justifying, and reading between the lines: skills that are highly prized by universities and employers alike. Studying History gives you the power to ask questions of the past, in order to understand the world we live in today.
The Cold War:
A study in depth that examines the main events of the most tense and exciting years of the twentieth century and includes the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear ‘Arms Race’, and the Berlin Wall.
Weimar and Nazi Germany:
A study in depth of one of the most notorious – and fascinating – periods in European History. The topic includes the rise to power of the Nazi Party, life in Nazi Germany, Hitler’s leadership style, and the Holocaust.
Crime and Punishment:
A gruesome study of how crime and punishment has changed from medieval to modern times. The topic includes an in-depth look at crime in White Chapel (London) at the time of Jack the Ripper!
Anglo-Saxon and Norman England:
A study of one of the most iconic figures in British History: William the Conqueror! The study examines his style of leadership, how he conquered Britain, and how he remained in control of the hostile Anglo-Saxon population.
How is History GCSE assessed?
Paper 1 (30%) = Crime and Punishment – 1 hour 15 minutes
Paper 2 (40%) = The Cold War and Norman England – 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 3 (30%) = Nazi Germany – 1 hour 20 minutes
There is no controlled assessment (coursework) in GCSE History.
Exam board: Edexcel
Unit 1: A study in breadth – Britain Transformed: 1918-1997
A study in depth – Interpretations of Thatcher
Unit 2: A study in depth – The USA 1955-1992: Conformity and challenge
American Civil Rights and US political history
Unit 3: Protest, agitation, and parliamentary reform in Britain: 1780 – 1928
Unit 4: Controlled Assessment: A study in depth which will investigate different historical perspectives on a given controversial issue. Students will study how different societies and historians, and the media have interpreted significant events and individuals.
Exam board: Edexcel