History is a fascinating subject and one which will help you to develop your English skills and give you an increased awareness of the world. History is about telling stories – if you like true stories then History is for you!
Who is it suitable for?
History is closely linked to English. If you have good written skills, you should do well in this subject. In order to achieve the new English Baccalaureate students must achieve a grade C or above in a Humanities’ subject.
Where will it take you?
History is very much a pure academic subject. It will help you go on to study any of the Humanities subjects at A Level. History qualifications can be used in business, civil service, military, police, law and other occupations which require analytical skills.
Key Stage 3 (Year 7 and 8)
Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum. In Year 7 students begin with studying historical skills. Pupils then move on to studying life in Britain after the Battle of Hastings and examine medieval life. Finally during the summer term pupils will study the making of the UK. This covers the Tudor and Stuart period and the Civil war. An independent project will be set covering kings and queens during the spring term.
In Year 8 students study the period of the Industrial Revolution and move through the Twentieth century examining slavery, World War One and World War Two and the era of the Twentieth Century. An independent homework project will also be set covering any significant event.
Key Stage 4
The GCSE exam is split into Two papers. Paper 1: Understanding the modern world and Paper 2: Shaping the nation. The Subject content comprises the following elements:
- one period study
- one thematic study
- one wider world depth study
- one British depth study including the historic environment
Paper 1 section 1 America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality
This period study focuses on the development of the USA during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of opportunity and inequality – when some Americans lived the 'American Dream' whilst others grappled with the nightmare of poverty, discrimination and prejudice.
Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in bringing about change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact the developments had on them.
Paper 1 section 2 Conflict and tension, 1918–1939
This section carries 25% of the over all mark and appears as section 2 on Paper 1. This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different individuals and states. It focuses on the causes of the Second World War and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the issues which caused it. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change, as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.
PAPER 2 Britain: section 1 Power and the people: c1170 to the present day
This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of the development of the relationship between the citizen and the state in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of protest to that relationship. By charting the journey from feudalism and serfdom to democracy and equality, it reveals how, in different periods, the state responds to challenges to its authority and their impact. It allows students to construct an understanding of the rights and responsibilities of the citizen.
PAPER 2 Britain: section 2 Elizabethan England 1568-1603
This option allows students to study in depth a specified period, the last 35 years of Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.