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Head of Humanities: Miss A Williams
Head of History/2nd in humanities: Mrs K Hughes

Key Stage 3

In Years 7-8 students study a history of Britain from Battle of Hastings to the start of the 20th Century. A broadly chronological programme is followed encompassing the ensuing themes; government and politics, religion and society, war and conquest and technology and innovations. Throughout KS3 History students are exposed to GCSE style questions which challenge their knowledge and understanding and their ability to analyse historical evidence. Our aim is to make Key Stage Three as engaging, exciting and challenging as possible to ensure that our learners become passionate historians who want to continue their studies at GCSE.

Key Stage 4

In Years 9-11 students will follow AQA History GCSE syllabus. The GCSE is made up of four units. These units are all assessed in external assessments. Students will have to complete two external exams; each exam will encompass two of the units. Units taught include the following:

Unit 1B Section A: Germany 1890-1945 Democracy and Dictatorship
Unit 1B Section B: Conflict and Tension 1918-1939
Unit 2A Section A: Britain Health and the People c1000-Present Day
Unit 2A Section B: Elizabethan England 1568-1603

Throughout their three year GCSE, learners will develop their ability to question the events of the past, determine their significance and evaluate how the past has been interpreted through source analysis. The course enables pupils to learn about short periods of history in a great deal of depth and wider themes over long periods of time. The skills learnt at GCSE, such as essay writing skills, time-management, presentation skills and evaluative skills, will be useful to pupils in many future careers and study options.

Key Stage 5

In Years 12 and 13 students follow the AQA Advanced Subsidiary GCE (7041) in History and the AQA Advanced GCE in History syllabi (7042). Component 1 and 2 are assessed in the form of external examinations. Component 3 is an extended research project completed and assessed internally. Pupils will write an extended piece of work independently and write essays based on source analysis and interpretations of the past. Modules taught include the following:

Component 1:

Breadth Study
 [Unit code 1H]

Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964

Component 2:

Depth Studies
 [Unit code 2S]

The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007

Component 3:

Historical Investigation
The Changing Nature of Warfare, c1800-1918.