Welcome to History

History is a subject that allows students to understand the world around them and the events that forged it. As Harry Truman famously said ‘There is nothing new in the world except the History you do not know’. History enables students to explain and analyse causes, consequences and form balanced judgements about key events, all skills that can be transferred in to the world of work, making History an excellent facilitating subject.

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students study history for one hour a week in year 7 and two hours a week in year 8. The topics taught cover over 1000 years of human history and look at history from a local, national and a global level. Students are able to study a variety of topics ranging from the Tudors and Stuarts to the Slave trade, to the two world wars and the Holocaust. Each topic focuses on different exam skills in order to develop key historical skills necessary to study history at GCSE. Teaching methods are innovative and inclusive ensuring all students are able to access the curriculum, enjoy the subject and see the value of studying history.
Studying History helps with vital skills, such as:
• Literacy and Communication Skills
• Questioning & Listening Skills
• Enquiry & Empathy
• Co-operation and Teamwork
• Sharing Opinions
• Retaining Information
• Understanding the world around us


Key Stage 4

In year 9,10 and 11 students are studying the Edexcel GCSE History
Unit 1 – Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 15 mins, 52 marks, worth 30%)
Unit 1 covers the topic of medicine through time, including key events such as; The Black Death 1348-9, The Great Plague 1665, The Cholera Epidemic 1854, The NHS 1946. In addition, a study of a historical environment also includes finding out about the use of medicine in the trenches during World War One.
Unit 2A – Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 45 mins, 32 for this section, worth 20%) N.B The American West and Early Elizabethan England are assessed on the same exam
Unit 2 has two aspects, the first with the study of Queen Elizabeth I and her reign including the events of the Spanish Armada.
Unit 2B – The American West, c1835–c1895
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 45 mins, 32 for this section, worth 20%) N.B The American West and Early Elizabethan England are assessed on the same exam
In addition, the study of the American West includes the study of the Indian population in America and the conflict that endured.
Unit 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Assessed by written exam (1 hour 20 mins, 52 marks, worth 30%)
Unit 3 focuses on Hitler’s rise to power during the Weimar period in Germany. It covers the increase in popularity of the Nazi’s and the build up to World War Two.


Enrichment Opportunities for History

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.