History in Years 7-9

There is a written assessed piece of work on each topic in key stage 3. A formative comment, progress and opportunity for self-assessment provides feedback to students after each piece of assessed work.

There is also a History exam that is during the relevant examination week.

Year 7
What is History?
Why do people live longer?
Why did the Norman’s conquer England?
What was it like to live in the Middle Ages?

Year 8
What made a successful monarch in Tudor and Stuart Britain?
How did Britain change between 1750 and 1900?
What was the Slave Trade?
How has life changed for Black Americans?

Year 9
How has war changed during the 20th Century?
Why did the Holocaust happen?
What are the most significant events in History?

History in Years 10-11

In Key Stage 4 students currently study the OCR Modern World History B syllabus.

Unit 1
Aspects of International Relations: The Cold War 1945 – 1975
Depth Study – Germany 1918 – 1945

Unit 2
How far did British Society change 1939 – 1975?

Unit 3 – Controlled Assessment
Historical Enquiry – Controlled Assessment on America in the 1920s and 1930s.

GCSE Examination and Assessment
There is a 2 hour written exam for Unit 1, and 1 hour 30 minute written exam for unit 2. Both are completed at the end of Year 11. Unit 3 is controlled assessment that is completed during 8 timetabled lessons in Year 11.

Year 10 students are following AQA Making of the Modern World GCSE. They are studying:

Unit 1
Period Study: 1B Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
International Relations: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

Unit 2
Thematic Study: Health and the People
British depth study including the historical environment: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

There will be two 1 hour and 45 minute exams at the end of Year 11.

History in the 6th Form

In A-Level History we study the AQA syllabus. The course is designed to be engaging and interesting whilst giving a real breadth of knowledge to complement the skills of communication, analysis, research and independent study that are required to succeed in higher education and the world of work.

There are two examined units and a Historical Investigation

1 – Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603 – 1702

  • Why did the Civil War start in 1642?
  • Why was Charles I executed?
  • How was Britain ruled without a king?
  • Why was the monarchy restored?
  • Why did the Glorious Revolution happen and what did it change?

2 – Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia, 1917 – 1953

  • Why did Russian Revolution happen in 1917?
  • How did Lenin consolidate Bolshevik control?
  • Why did Stalin become the leader of the Bolsheviks?
  • What was the Great Turn?
  • The Great Patriotic War
  • How has History viewed Stalin and Stalinism?

3 – Historical Investigation (Personal Study)
Investigate a period of 100 years of History and write a 3,000 word essay on a topic of your choice.