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 and 8)

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 is an exciting subject which will broaden your horizons, increasing your awareness of the world you live in. Geography encourages you to think about the world and to ask questions.

Who is it suitable for?

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.

Where will it take you?

Geography  is very much an academic subject. It will help you go on to study many  subjects at A Level. Geography qualifications can be used in business, civil service, military, police, and other occupations which require analytical skills. Geographers are valuable as they have the ability to analyse the modern world as well as predicting patterns of change.

Year 7

Introduction to Geography and map skills
Extreme environments

Year 8

Climate change
Our dangerous world
Weather and climate

Year 9

Natural resources
The forgotten world
What is an economy?

Year 10

UK physical landscapes
People of the UK
Human fieldwork
UK environmental challenges
Ecosystems of the planet

Year 11

Physical fieldwork
People of the planet
Environmental threats

Students are assessed at the end of year 11 and will sit three papers:

(35%) Living with the physical environment Section A: The challenge of natural hazards Section B: The living world  Section C: Physical landscapes in the UK

(35%) Challenges in the human environment  Section A: Urban issues and challenges Section B: The changing economic world  Section C: The challenge of resource management

(30%) Geographical applications Section A: Issue evaluation Section B: Fieldwork Geographical skills Geographical skills