Key Stage 3

Students study History as a distinct discipline in Years 7 and 8. The units of study are as follows:

Key Stage 4

Pupils will begin Key Stage 4 at the beginning of Year 9 and will take their final GCSE History exams at the end of Year 11. Pupils studying Key Stage 4 History are given the opportunity to visit the First World War battlefields in Year 9 and Berlin in Year 10  to complement their study of the 20th century.

Course Content:                 

Unit 1: Depth Study –  The Elizabethan Age 15558 -1603

Students will consider selected themes and issues relating to the history of England during the reign of Elizabeth I. Candidates will be required to consider the religious settlement of England, Elizabeth’s control of government and the key events of the period. Students should develop an awareness of how aspects of life in Elizabethan England in this period have been represented and interpreted and they should also investigate any relevant issues using a range of historical sources.


Unit 2: Depth Study – Germany in Transition, 1919-1939

Students will consider the factors which led to the rise of the Nazi regime, the impact of change on the lives of the German people and the significance of the war for Germany. This consists of the following units: The rise of the Nazi Party and its consolidation of power, c.1929-1934; changing life for the German people, 1933-1939; and war and its impact on life in Germany, 1939-1947.


Unit 3: Outline Study – The Development of the USA, 1930-2000

Students will consider the developments, events and personalities which have shaped the recent history of the USA. This consists of the following units: Changing life in the USA; Changing attitudes to the race issue in the USA; and the USA and the wider world.


Unit 4: New Examined Unit – Medicine through Time

Students undertake an investigation into an issue of historical change across a period of 1000 years. This unit will look closely at the extent of early medical knowledge and examine the development of medical treatment across the period. This will also include the study of a historical site. This unit will no longer be completed by Controlled Assessment but will be an examined unit on Medicine through Time and the historic site.


Department members are committed to learning beyond the classroom and enrichment and extra curricular activities include: