Key Stage 3

All students study History twice a week in years 7 and 8. The aim is for students to develop important skills in drawing inferences from sources, understanding the impact of different perspectives and appreciating that events have many long and short-term causes.  Students practise these skills through a broad-range of topics covering how Britain developed and its relationship to the wider world.  It is important that students have the ability to question this narrative and challenge the interpretations given as this supports the need to critique important global events that shape the world today.


Year 7 Year 8
History skills Who deserves a statue in Parliament Square: Charles I or Cromwell?
How did William become King of England in 1066?
To what extent did William gain control of England after 1066? To what extent was 1700 to 1900 an era of revolutionary progress in Britain?
What was life like for people in Medieval England? How ‘great’ really was the British Empire, 1800-1914?
How and why have interpretations changed about King John? To what extent were the trenches ‘hell on earth’?
Which Tudor monarch was the most significant? In what ways was the Holocaust an unprecedented event?

Key Stage 4


History is an option subject at KS4.  Students make their choices in Year 8 and start the course in Year 9.  They have three lessons a week. The final GCSE grade is made up of three written exams; there is no coursework or controlled assessment module.  All exams are taken in the summer of Year 11.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Year 9 Paper 3: Modern Depth Study (25%)
Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41
Year 10 Paper 2: (40%)
Period Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
Year 11 Paper 1: British Thematic Study with Historic Environment (30%)
Crime and punishment in Britain c1000 to present with Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Students can also achieve extra marks for good spelling, punctuation and grammar; good literacy is essential for the course, especially as it aids source inferences.

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Key Stage 5


To take A Level History, students need B grades for English and History at GCSE. They will have five lessons of History with two teachers. The A Level grade is made up of three written exams taken in June of Year 13 and one coursework module completed by March of Year 13.  Currently students sit their Year 12 units as AS papers as practice in Year 12.

Exam Board: Edexcel


Paper 1 Breadth study with interpretations: 1G: Germany and West Germany, 1917-1989
Paper 2 Depth Study: 2G.1: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911-46
Paper 3 Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: Option 31: Rebellion and disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603
Paper 4 Coursework: Causes of WW1 – German aggression