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Course description 

History gives us the opportunity to immerse ourselves in the stories of the past helping us to make sense of the world in which we live. Learning about the past helps us to understand why the world is like it is. History develops your ability to reason, to weigh up evidence and to argue a point so that you can reach balanced informed judgements. 

The skills developed in History will be useful both in your future life and further study. History is one of those subjects that can provide you with a range of skills essential to your success at school and beyond.

Key Stage 3 

Years 7, 8 & 9

History lessons build on the skills already established at Key Stage 2 and begin to develop the knowledge, skills and techniques they will require for GCSE.

Year 7

What is History?

Medieval England

  • Norman Invasion
  • Castles
  • Village life
  • Black Death
  • Crusades

Tudor England

  • The start of a dynasty
  • Henry VIII
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth
  • Elizabethan Crime

Year 8

The Stuarts

  • Witchcraft
  • Great Plague
  • English Civil War

Industrial Revolution

  • Life in the factories
  • The Workhouse

Black People of the Americas.

  • 16th Century Africa
  • The Middle Passage
  • Plantation Life
  • Abolition

Year 9

The Titanic

  • The events
  • Who was to blame?


  • Life for women
  • Tactics
  • Gaining the vote


  • Causes
  • Life in the Trenches
  • Propaganda
  • The end


  • Rise of the dictators
  • Appeasement
  • The Blitz
  • Pearl Harbour
  • Holocaust

Civil Rights

  • After Slavery
  • Martin Luther King
  • Malcolm X

Assessing Progress

Students are assessed at least every half term through a variety of tasks which focus on building the skills required at GCSE.

Key Stage 4 

​Year 10 & 11

GCSE Course Title: History

Examination Board: Edexcel

Unit 1: Thematic study and historic environment
Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes
30% of the qualification

Unit 2: Period study and British depth study
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
40% of the qualification

Unit 3: Modern depth study
Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
30% of the qualification

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front
1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
You will study the major developments in medicine from 1250 to the present day giving you understanding of why medicine has changed over time, looking at the individuals and factors that contributed to the changes that took place in medicine. In the linked historic environment, students learn about the relationship between conditions on the Western Front during WW1 and their impact on illness and medical care.

Unit 2: British Depth Study and Period Study.

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
In this topic you will learn about Anglo-Saxon England, the Norman Conquest and subsequent rebellions. This was a time of battles, take overs, and great change. You will study what people experienced during and after the Norman Conquest.

The American West, c1835–c1895
This is a chance to study how America was formed. You will learn about the romantic view of the Indian and tribal life to the dusty and bandana-wearing image of the cowboy that has been portrayed in the media. In this option, students will have the opportunity to explore what the ‘real’ American West was like.

Unit 3: Modern Depth Study.

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
You will look at what happened in Germany after the First World War. You will also look at the successes and failures of the Weimar government that existed until 1933, how it was that Hitler and the Nazis were able to gain power and control and what it was like to live in Germany under the Nazi rule

Assessing Progress

Tracking assessments will continue regularly throughout year 10 and 11 every 3 weeks and take the form of essay and exam questions. There will be a formal Mock examination period during Autumn 2 in year 11. 


There will be homework tasks assigned on Doddle that students will need to complete.  It is vital that these tasks are completed in the time frame to ensure the full learning experience is covered.  Homework completion is one of the criteria for qualifying for the termly Rewards Trip. 


Throughout our curriculum we will provide activities and opportunities for children to develop the skills they need to identify risks and stay safe.  This will also be extended to include material that will encourage our children to develop essential life skills.


All students are expected to bring a pen, pencil, ruler and rubber in order to be prepared for learning.

Careers opportunities

History at GCSE prepares students to follow A Level history at Post-16. It can also prepare students for studying other subjects, such as sociology, politics or law. History is a much respected academic subject that can lead to any job requiring research skills, good verbal and written communication and an understanding of people.