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 4 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, 8 and 9)

Key Stage 3 students follow the National Curriculum. In Year 7 students begin with studying historical skills. Students then move on to studying the Norman Conquest of England before looking at how the Normans consolidated their control. Students will then learn about everyday life in the Middle Ages and how the monarchy affected the lives of ordinary people. Finally in the summer term, students will learn about the effects of the Industrial Revolution on British society before studying the horrors of slavery.

Students begin Year 8 by questioning whether two bullets caused the millions of deaths in WWI before looking at the different aspects of the Great War itself. Students will then move on from the end of the First World War by learning how Adolf Hitler rose to power in Germany and how life in Nazi Germany was different to their lives today. This leads us into our study of the impact of WWII on Britain before finishing Year 8 with a depth study of the Holocaust.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE exam is split into four topic areas which will be examined across two exam papers at the end of Year 11:

  • The American West, c.1835-c1895.
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-1088
  • Medicine through time, c1250-present (feat. WWI depth study)
  • The USA, 1954-1975: conflict at home and abroad

History Overviews

Geography Overview

Geography is an exciting subject that will broaden your horizon, increase your awareness of the world around you and open your eyes to the wonders of the planet you live on. Geography encourages you to think deeply and to ask questions. Geography is about more than just seeing mesmerising places around the world. It is about understanding the complexity of our planet and appreciating the diversity of cultures that exist across its continents.

Who is it suitable for?

Geography suits hard workers who are ready to push themselves and learn new skills. Geography is closely linked to many subjects, in particular: Maths, English, and Science. To be a successful Geographer you will need excellent writing and numerical skills. You will also need great enthusiasm to explore the world around you and be somebody who strives to improve even if they find something difficult.

Where will it take you?

Geography is a diverse and very much academic discipline. It will help you go on to study many subjects at A Level. Geographical qualifications can be used not just in geographical fields but also in business, civil service, military, police, and other occupations that require analytical skills. Geographers are valuable as they have the ability to analyse the modern world as well as predicting patterns of change. A Geographer can adapt to a variety of situations, which makes it a very employable and useful subject.

What do you study?

Year 7

  • ·Introduction to Geography and map skills
  • Extreme environments across our world
  • Settlements and how they shape where we live
  • Kenya and its incredible landscapes
  • Weather and climate and how we measure it
  • Asia and all is has to offer

Year 8

  • Climate change and how our planet is adapting
  • The wonders of India
  • Our dangerous world including volcanoes and glaciers
  • Rivers, coasts and oceans
  • Globalisation and development around the world
  • Europe and how it is changing

Year 9

  • Geology and earthquakes
  • What an economy is and a focus on Nigeria
  • Russia and the north pole
  • Resources and fuels for the future
  • Australia’s natural wonders
  • The magic of the Middle East

Year 10

  • The UK in terms of physical landscapes
  • The UK and the environmental challenges it faces
  • People of the UK and where they live
  • Environmental threats to our planetary system
  • Human fieldwork in Salford quays
  • Ecosystems of the planet and how they are so brittle

Year 11

  • Physical fieldwork in nearby river systems
  • People of the planet and how their situations are different to ours
  • Mocks
  • Walking talking exams and skill practice
  • Revision

The GCSE exams

Paper 1 - Living in the UK today

  • UK landscapes
  • People of the UK
  • UK environmental challenges 

30% - 1 Hour - 60 marks 

Paper 2 - The world around us

  • Ecosystems of the planet
  • People of the planet
  • Environmental threats to our planet 

  30% - 1 Hour - 60 marks   

Paper 3 - Geographical skills 

  • Geographical fieldwork – the two compulsory trips
  • Unseen problems using Geographical skills

 40% - 1.5 Hours - 80 marks