History is the study of the past, events, wars and people.
We build strong historical skills through exciting lessons in which we investigate past events through historical sources. We also look at different interpretations of history and build an understanding of the chronological sequence in History. The subject also has strong links to literacy skills and students are taught to develop their written work by organising their ideas, using evidence to support their arguments and also making strong judgements.
Students are taught three hours of History per fortnight. They cover a range of topics including:
Year 7: Development of control from the Medieval to the 20th century
Students investigate the growing power of the parliament through to our system of government today. Key individuals such as King John and Henry VIII are studied as well as an appreciation for other world political ideologies such as communism and fascism.
Year 8: The Age of Empire
Students study the birth, impact and collapse of the British empire, focusing on America, India and Australia as well as the conflict emerging during WW1
Year 9: Conflict and Revolution
Students study conflicts within society, ranging from the Wars of the Roses in Medieval England and the English Civil War to the French Revolution. Students will then begin to study content in preparation for GCSE study in the form of a unit on Whitechapel and the Jack the Ripper murders which forms a case study element to paper 1 of the GCSE syllabus
Students learn communication skills, working collaboratively as part of a group as well as engaging in paired tasks. Other skills taught include the ability to construct an argument and debate a point, as well as how to analyse a source, describing its content and making detailed inferences from the source. History also provides students with the opportunity to develop their literacy skills such as essay writing, writing in a persuasive manner and developing empathy skills.
Students will be set fortnightly homework whereby activities will include written tasks, research, creative thinking and presentations. Literacy based homework will be set to complement the written tasks to widen reading and comprehension skills
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Students follow the Edexcel syllabus.
The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:
- Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience
- Engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent students and as critical and reflective thinkers
Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context
- Develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them
- Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions
Students will be able to build on skills already taught at Key Stage 3 that allow them to critically evaluate interpretations of the past, assess sources and show detailed knowledge and understanding. This is enabled through the study of the following topics: Crime and Punishment in Britain C1000-present day and Whitechapel C1870-1900; crime, policing and the inner city; Anglo Saxon and Norman England C1066-88; British America 1713-83; Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
Skills and Progression Routes
On completion of the course, students will have developed a number of skills including
- Forming opinions and understanding the opinions of others
- Debating issues and current affairs
- Analysing source
- Discussing key issues relevant to the world of today
- Undertaking independent research
- Forming arguments
By studying History at GCSE level you can go further at A level and then to degree level. History opens a variety of doors due to the complex nature of the skills you develop which are welcomed in a large number of professions and careers, for example:
- Civil Service
The new specification does not have any coursework and therefore there are 3 written exams to be taken at the end of Year 11. At the time of study students will have access to the relevant text books although this will only be accessible during lesson time. Should students wish to purchase text books and revision guides to use at home then these can be ordered at the start to the course.
AS LEVEL (1 Year)
A LEVEL (2 Years)
8 Hours per fortnight
Students Will Need
Students will require 5 GCSEs at grade C or above, to include History and English. However, students who have achieved GCSE grade B in History will be better prepared to meet the course demands.
Students Will Study
- Component 1: Breadth of Study – The Tudors, England 1485-1547
- Component 2: Democracy and Nazism; Germany 1918 – 1933
- Component 1: Breadth of Study – The Tudors, England 1485-1603
- Component 2: Democracy and Nazism; Germany 1918 – 1945
- Component 3: Historical Investigation
- Component 1: Written examination (50%)
- Component 2: Written examination (50%)
- Component 1: Written examination (40%)
- Component 2: Written examination (40%)
- Component 3: Coursework (20%)
Potential Sectors of Employment
- Social Sciences
- Arts, Media and Publishing
- Education and Training
- History, Philosophy and Theology
- Business, Administration and Law
- Health, Public Services and Care
- Arts, Media and Publishing