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History key Stage 3:
Purpose of studying History

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching equips pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils 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.


  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
  • gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.

Subject content

Pupils are provided with the opportunity to extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history, so that it provides a well-informed context for wider learning. Pupils identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. We also develop pupils use of historical terms and concepts. We also develop pupils understanding of how different types of historical sources are used to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

  • the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
  • ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
  • challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

History Key Stage 4:

Exam Board: AQA

Specification: AQA History B 9145

History will help you to develop knowledge and skills that will broaden and enhance your understanding of issues and of people, not only in the past, but also in the present.

You should expect;

  • To be encouraged to view things from a number of perspectives
  • To examine a range of sources, such as speeches, posters, photographs, films and political cartoons – the subject and the exam is all about using evidence to find out about the past.
  • To enjoy learning the subject taught by a committed and enthusiastic team, using a range of interesting approaches.
  • To learn and develop a range of skills, enabling you to make convincing arguments and express yourself more effectively. This will form a useful basis for anyone wanting to go to university to study any subject.
  • Extra curricular visits to the First and Second World War battlefields to enhance your studies.


Unit 1: International Relations: Conflict and Peace in the 20th Century 1918-1955

Exam paper 1
This topic begins at the end of the First World War with the Treaty of Versailles and the attempt to achieve a lasting world peace. We will then examine the lead up to the Second World War with Hitler’s invasion of several European countries. Then we investigate the ‘Cold War’ period of 1945-55 when the USA and the USSR were rivals and lived in fear of another world war.

Unit 2: Twentieth Century Depth Studies

Exam Paper 2

This topic begins with the Roaring 20s in the USA. We examine  the reasons for prosperity and analyse the divisions in society between rich and poor, black and white, young and old. We then conduct a study of Hitler’s Germany, examining his rise to power, the use of propaganda and terror and life within Nazi Germany for the Jews, women and the young. Finally, we study race relations in the USA between 1955 and 1968.  We look at the racial inequality that existed and examine the methods used by the Civil Rights movement.

Unit 3: Historical Enquiry The British People at War

Controlled Assessment 25%

This topic compares the nature of fighting in the two World Wars and reasons for the success of Britain and her allies in both wars.

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History Key Stage 5:

History As and A level

Examination Board: AQA

Specification code: 7041/7042

Why study History?
History enables students to develop an understanding of the past and provides them with an overview of change and continuity of human history. A range of units allows the student to explore key areas of political and social history in Britain, Europe and the wider world.  Students will also develop their skills of communication, analysis, interpretation and evaluation.

Students can expect to be challenged intellectually, take an active role in the consideration of issues, to become more sophisticated in their thinking and expression and to enjoy learning the subject taught by a committed and enthusiastic team, using a range of approaches.

What will I learn about?

1 The Tudors: England, 1485–1603 (Breadth)

Students study issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence by considering how effectively the Tudors restored and developed the powers of the monarchy including relations with foreign powers and how English society and economy changed.

2 Germany, 1918–1945 (Depth)

Students study a period during which a newly developed democratic government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as ‘right’ and ‘left’, nationalism and liberalism as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism.

3 The Middle East 1995-2000 (Historical Investigation)

Students will develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. They will investigate why Arab nationalism emerged and how the Great Powers responded. The causes of conflict in Palestine and why they are so difficult to resolve.

How will I be assessed?

1: Breadth

Written exam:

2 hours 30 minutes

50% AS/40% A level


Written exam

2 hr 30min

50% AS/40% A Level

3:Historical Investigation

Coursework: 3500 words 20% A level

Future pathways/careers?

History will help develop skills which will broaden and enhance students’ understanding of issues and of people, not only in the past, but also in the present.   Especially useful for Law, Journalism, Business Management, Politics, Social Sciences, Teaching, Accountancy, PA or History itself.

Entry Requirements

GCSE B in History

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