History

Key Stage 3
Our KS3 History curriculum covers exciting topics from the Norman Conquest, invasion and settlement, to pirates in Year 7. In Year 8 we move our focus to the Tudors and English Civil War. Finally KS3 finishes with a Year 9 study of the two World Wars and the Holocaust.  History is taught twice a week and develops pupils’ understanding of world history and how it has got us to where we are now. History lessons also develop their skills which puts them in a prime position should they want to take History as a GCSE option in Year 10-11.

Key Stage 4
At GCSE students follow the AQA Schools History Project syllabus. Throughout the 2 years, students complete a study in development (‘medicine through time’), international relations in the interwar years (1918-1939), the Norman Conquest and study in depth of a historical site. Generally class sizes are smaller than their previous KS3 classes which facilitates greater discussion and allows teachers to work closely with the pupils to accelerate their success. History GCSE is a fantastic course and looks great to any college, sixth-form, university or employer. It gives you the skills to decipher what people are really saying and gives you a greater understanding of your past, to quote a famous music artist ‘If you know your history, then you … know where you [are] coming from.

Key Stage 5
At A Level, students follow the AQA History syllabus, completing four units in Year 12 and 13 to achieve an A Level.

Topics covered at AS level include the Weimar Germany and the Early Tudors, offering students the opportunity to broaden their historical horizons and study contrasting two historical eras. In Year 13 students complete an in depth study on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I and analyse the rise of Hitler which is assessed in the Summer of Year 13. Furthermore, pupils complete an independent historical enquiry on the Russian Tsars and Revolution which is assessed through the submission of coursework. History A Level goes well with other essay writing subjects like English or Philosophy but can also provide a good alternative, refreshing, subject to pupils wanting to study Science or Maths.