Head of History: Ms C Eldridge

  • know and understand the history of Britain 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 of mankind
  • 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 History
  • 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.

All students receive three hours of history per fortnight at Key Stage 3, five hours at Key Stage 4 and nine hours at AS/A2 level.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

The Key Stage 3 Scheme of Work is interesting and varied, ranging from pre 1066 History such as Rome to the Cold War between Russia and the USA. History is an extremely popular subject choice for GCSE.

Key Stage 4 (GCSE)

At GCSE, students study three exam modules and one piece of coursework on Black Civil Rights 1945 – 1970. The exam modules include, Medicine & Treatment, Surgery 1845 – 1918 and Germany 1918 – 1945.

The exam board is Edexcel and 25% of the GCSE is based on coursework with 75% on exams. We have a one tier entry. A good trial examination mark, complete coursework and commitment to hard work will be expected.

Key Stage 5 (A Levels)

At A.S./A2 students study three exam modules and one coursework module.

The exam board is Edexcel for A.S. and A2 Levels.

For AS Level, the Units are; Britain transformed 1918-97 and The USA 1955-92: Conformity and challenge.

  • For the A.S. Level, assessment is based 100% on exams. To enter, the student must have at least a grade ‘C’ at G.C.S.E. level and an aptitude to be able to learn independently.

For A Level, the Units are From Kaiser to Fuhrer, Germany 1900-1945 and From Reconstruction to Civil Rights, USA 1863-1981

  • For the A2 Level, assessment is based on 40% coursework and 60% exams. To enter, the student must have at least a grade ‘E’ overall at A.S. level.

Curriculum map 2017-2018 KS3