History at National enables students to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire students' curiosity to know more about the past. The subject helps to develop students ability to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History gives us the knowledge and skills to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Key Stage 3
Students at Key Stage 3 learn a number of topics that extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, providing context for wider learning. The subject matter identifies significant events, enabling students to make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time.
Topics covered include:
• development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain • industry and empire in Britain • challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world from 1901 • historical terminology and concepts • using historical sources
Key Stage 4
History at Key Stage 4 expands on the skills and knowledge that students have covered in their Key Stage 3 studies. Students will learn and develop a range of skills, enabling them to make convincing arguments and express these thoughts more effectively. They will be encouraged to view things from a number of perspectives and examine a range of sources, such as speeches, posters, photographs, films and political cartoons to provide the evidence that lends weight to their arguments and assessments.
Topics covered include:
• International relations • conflict and peace in the 20th century • World War 1 and 2 • the Cold War • Roaring 20s USA • Nazi Germany – propaganda and terror • Civil Rights and race relations in the USA • the British people at War
Students are also given the opportunity to visit the Battlefields of the First World War to further expand their learning in context.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5, there are a range of units that allow students to explore key areas of political and social history in Britain, Europe and the wider world. Developing communication skills, analysis, interpretation and evaluation are all crucial to the course.
Students will study the following at AS and A-Level:
The Tudors – England, 1485-1603
• Restoration and development of the monarchy • relations with foreign powers • English society and economy
• political concepts • nationalism and liberalism • racialism • anti-Semitism • social Darwinism
The Middle East, 1995-2000
• how historians work • Arab nationalism • the Great Powers • conflict in Palestine
For further details of the A-level course, visit www.hsfc-ac.org.uk/history