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 Stuart period and social events. Following this pupils end the summer term with an in-depth study of slavery.
In Year 8 students study the period of the Industrial Revolution and move through the Twentieth century examining World War One and World War Two and the era of the Twentieth Century. The focus of this year is forming judgements about key events in the second half of this era.
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 Health and the people: c1170 to the present day
This option focuses on the following questions:
• Why has there been progress in the health of the British people?
• How and why has the pace and scale of medical development varied at different times?
• What impact has medical progress had on people and society?
• How and why have different factors been more important than others for individual medical
• What is the significance of key individuals or events in the history of medical development
Pupils will assess how the following factors have been affected by several topics such as:
• superstition and religion
• science and technology
• the role of the individual in encouraging or inhibiting change.
Paper 2 Britain: Section 2 Norman England, c1066–c1100
The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic,
religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and
historical controversies. The course is split into four topics as listed below:
Part one: The Normans: conquest and control
Part two: Life under the Normans
Part three: The Norman Church and monasticism
Part four: The historic environment of Norman England