KEY STAGE 3
Students undertake three key areas of study: history key skills; aspects of life in the Roman Empire; and Britain 1066 to 1500.
Students undertake two key areas of study: Britain 1500 to 1750; and aspects of life in Britain and the wider world 1750 to 1900.
Students focus on twentieth century history. They will carry out in depth studies of the following topics: Titanic; the Great War 1914 to 1918; dictatorship and democracy during the 1920s and 1930s; aspects of life during World War Two; and key turning points during the twentieth century.
KEY STAGE 4
Students study AQA GCSE History. The study of history at GCSE encourages students to actively engage in the process of historical enquiry in order to develop as effective and independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers with enquiring minds. Through their learning, students develop an awareness of how the past has been represented, interpreted and accorded significance for different reasons and purposes. It will allow them to develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them critically using a range of sources.
By the end of their GCSE course, students are able to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in creative and different ways and reach substantiated judgements. Students also gain other transferable skills including the ability to recognise how their historical knowledge, understanding and skills will help them to understand the present and also provide them with a basis for their role as responsible citizens, as well as motivating them towards the possibility of further study.
KS3: 1 hour (Y7/Y9), 2 hours (Y8)
KS4: 4 hours (Y9), 2 hours (Y10), 3 hours (Y11)
Paper 1: (50%) Written exam – 1.75 hours (Understanding the Modern World – America, 1920–1973: Opportunity and inequality. One wider world depth study – Conflict and tension, 1918–1939).
Paper 2 (50%) Written exam – 1.75 hours (Shaping the Nation – One thematic study – Britain: Power and the people, c1170 to the present day. One British depth study including an historic environment – Norman England, c1066–c1100).
HEAD OF DEPARTMENT: Mr. N. Boardman