History

Our aim is to provide students with a broad and balanced view of History, allowing them to consider different time periods with both overview and depth studies.

We want to instil a love of History in students and a desire to find out more about what has happened in the past that helps to shape today and the future.

Students will learn in different ways and develop their own presentation and written skills. They will become critical readers of information who do not just accept what they see and read at face value, but have the skills to identify what is reliable and what should be questioned.

What will I study?

Year 7

  • The History Time Machine (stopping at 16 points in History)
  • Plains Indians study
  • Piracy study

Throughout all units students will develop their key history skills, including:

  • Understanding chronology
  • Source and interpretation analysis
  • Prioritising different factors and reasons

Year 8

Black Peoples of America
  • From slavery to freedom
Victorian London
  • Jack the Ripper
  • Women's rights
  • Universal suffrage
Conflict
  • The First and Second World War
  • The start of the Cold War

Throughout all units students will have the chance to develop their skills learnt in Year 7.

Year 9

Courage
  • The Holocaust
  • What life was like for Jews before the Nazis came to power
  • How Jewish lives changed after 1933
Enquiry
  • A study over time into health and medicine
  • How factors have played a role in the development of medicine, surgery, hospitals, public health and attitudes towards disease
Growth
  • Giving students the independence to undertake their own research topic
  • An introduction to important skills including footnoting, using information critically and time management

Year 10 & 11

Health and Medicine
  • Embedding knowledge learnt in Year 9
Germany 1890 - 1945
  • Germany under the Kaiser
  • The impact of the First World War
  • Democracy in Germany in the 1920s
  • The rise of Hitler and the Nazis
  • Aspects of life in Nazi Germany
Modern Conflict
  • Conflict and tension in Asia 1950 – 1975
  • The consequences of the Korean and Vietnam Wars
The Normans 1066 - c1000
  • The events of 1066
  • What life was like in Norman England
Case Study
  • A case study of a relevant historical environment, for example Durham Cathedral or Pevensey Castle

How will I be assessed?

  • GCSE Exam board: AQA
  • Two 2-hour exams at the end of Year 11
  • Paper 1: Germany and Conflict
  • Paper 2: Health and The Normans

What else can I get involved in?

Exam Preparation and Revision Sessions

  • Get help off staff to broaden your knowledge and understanding
  • Ask your teachers for details

Masterclasses

  • These focus on supporting students working at particular grades

What career could I have with a qualification in History?

What can I study with a History qualification?

Courses you could study at university include:
  • Economics
  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Teacher Training

What career could I have with a History qualification?

Careers which require a History qualification include:
  • Academic Researcher
  • Archivist
  • Heritage Manager
  • Historic Buildings Inspector
  • Museum Education Officer
  • Museum / Gallery Curator
  • Museum / Gallery Exhibitions Officer