History Department

Art Department

History staff: Mrs S Chadwick, Mr M Michaud and Mrs J Smith

The History department is for all students to be creative and independent, determined to rise to any challenge and exceed expectations. History enables pupils to develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions, and to express their own opinions. History trains minds and develops curiosity so students understand the intricate web of events that has led to the creation of our modern world. The History Department works with students from Year 7 to Year 13, with a range of subjects from Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, covering Medieval Realms through to World War Two, GCSE History (Vietnam, British warfare and twentieth century crime and protest) and A Level (British, Russian and German history).

History Key Stage 3

Year 7

The Units that are studied are:

  • The Roman Empire
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Medieval Realms
  • Islamic Civilisation or Native People of North America

History Key Stage 3

Year 8

We study units on the development of the United Kingdom over the last 500 hundred years:

  • The Making of the United Kingdom
  • The English Civil War
  • The British Empire
  • The Industrial Revolution

History Key Stage 3

Year 9

In Year 9 students study units on the twentieth Century.

  • The Causes of the First World War
  • Life in the Trenches
  • The rise of the Dictators
  • The era of the Second World War
  • The Holocaust
  • The Cold War

History Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11

Exam Board:   Edexcel

Specification: History B

The History department is a strong department within the school, with excellent results and high standards. We aim to actively engage students in the process of historical enquiry to develop them as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. The GCSE course will develop students’ knowledge and their awareness of how the past has been represented and interpreted.

The course is split into four modules and each module is worth 25% of the GCSE. Of the four modules, three are examined publicly, whilst the fourth is marked internally. Module exams are taken at the end of each GCSE year, one in year 10 and two in year 11, all are 1 hour 15 minutes in length.

The breakdown of Years 10 and 11 is as follows:

Year 10

Transformation of British Society

Term 1 - The coming of the Railways
Term 2 - People and poverty
Term 3 - Reform and Protest

Controlled Assessment - Vietnam

Terms 4 and 5 - The reasons for US involvement in Vietnam; the nature of the conflict and reasons for US defeat; the impact of the war on civilians and the military, in the USA and in North and South Vietnam; the growth of protest in the USA and the end of the conflict.
Term 6 - Revision for summer module exam and the Changing Nature of Warfare c1350–c1700 - the nature of warfare, exemplified by the Agincourt campaign and the Battle of Naseby.

Year 11

 The Changing Nature of Warfare 

Term 1 - c1350–c1700. Combatants: their recruitment, provisioning, movement and care. Influence of changes in technology and society on warfare.
Term 2 - c1700–c1900. The nature of warfare exemplified by the Waterloo campaign and the Crimean war.
Term 3 - c1900 to present day. The nature of warfare, exemplified by trench warfare on the Western Front and the Battle of the Somme in the First World War and the Gulf War 1991.
 Term 4 - The changing nature of warfare from Roman Britain to c1350
 Term 5 - Revision for summer exams

History Key Stage 5

Sixth Form

Exam Board:  OCR

Specification: History A

We study various topics at AS and A2 with the OCR Board, ranging from Germany history, to British and Russian.

AS History : England and the Challenge of a New Century 1900-24. Democracy to Dictatorship in Germany 1919-1963
A2 History : Historical Interpretations and Investigations - Bismarck and German Unification 1815-71 (2 x 2000 word essays), Russian Dictatorship 1855-1964

Students take 2 exam papers for AS History which includes a source paper (Britain), both exams are 1 hour 30 mins long and are worth 50% of the AS (25% of A2). Students take 1 exam papers for A2 History, 2 hours long (worth 30% of A2) and complete two investigations/coursework pieces on Bismarck, which is externally assessed (worth 20% of A2).