This is achieved by the  enthusiastic and committed approach of the specialist subject staff and by the active participation of pupils, which includes:

  • dialogue in the classroom
  • research using the internet and libraries
  • paired and group investigations
  • watching documentary films
  • scrutiny of sources
  • analytical writing and problem solving exercises
  • visits to historical sites and history conferences

The skills of history (mastering of detail, clarity of thought, analytical ability and fluency) can be used throughout life in many spheres. It is through the study of history that students reach a proper understanding of our own society and our institutions. History extends the horizons of students by providing a wealth of vicarious experiences and it is enriching both as an academic and leisure pursuit. Pupils are encouraged to appreciate the recreational as well as the intellectual horizons of the subject.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Year 7 study Medieval Realms; The Islamic Empire and the Crusades
Year 8 study The Making of the United Kingdom, (Tudors and Stuarts, beginning of Empire)
Year 9 study The Making of Modern Britain:

  • Causes of the Industrial Revolution
  • Empire
  • Causes and impact of World War I
  • Women and the Vote
  • Turning points of World War II
  • The Holocaust and events after World War II

Key Stage 4 (GCSE - currently in transition)

Year 10 and Year 11 have begun an International GCSE Modern World study following the Edexcel examination board:

  • Autocracy and Revolt in Russia 1881-1914
  • Russian in Revolution 1914-1924
  • Germany 1918-1945
  • Changes in Medicine c1845-1945

Note: In 2016-17, the Edexcel GCSE will be followed which will inolve aspects of medicine from 1050 to present day with a focus on World War I; Germany 1918-39; the Wild West and a topic from Medieval or early modern Britain.

Key Stage 5 (AS/A Level)

Board: AQA

Course Aims

To stimulate interest in and promote the study of History

  • through the acquisition of understanding and knowledge of selected periods or themes;
  • by consideration of the nature of historical sources and the methods used by historians;

Through an acquaintance with a variety of approaches to become familiar with differing interpretations of historical problems;

  • by promoting an awareness of change and continuity in the past;
  • by developing strong analytical, research, literary and presentation skills;
  • developing a life-long interest in the subject both for its academic discipline and for its broader recreational aspects (e.g. visits to historical sites, museums, re-creations of the past);
  • through the promotion of discussion and argument.

Course Details

GCE History (7041, 7042) has two parts to content:

  • AS Level
  • A Level

But they are two seperate exams. AS and A level is studied in Year 12, A Level continues in Year 13.

Programme of study in Year 12

  • AS Level History contains 2 modules:
  • A Depth Study: The end of Absolutism and The French Revolution, 1774-1795
  • A Breadth Study: Absolutism challenged: Britain 1603-1649

Programme of study in Year 13

  • ‘A’ level History contains 3 modules:
  • The two options from AS will be continued and completed:
  • Depth Study: The rise of Napoleon and his impact on France and Europe, 1795-1815
  • Breadth Study: Monarchy restored and restrained: Britain, 1649-1702
  • Component 3 is An Historical Investigation (20% of A level marks - internally assessed) This is a Personal Study based on a topic in the form of a question answered in 3000 to 3500 words in the context of approximately 100 Years.  It cannot duplicate the content of the options chosen in the Breadth and Depth studies. It is internally marked and then moderated by the board.

Entry Requirements

  • ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade in GCSE History
  • ‘A’ or ‘B’ grade in GCSE English Language and Literature

Study Skills Required

  • Disciplined methodical approach to note-taking and reading
  • Interest in politics, social and economic issues.

Teaching Approaches


  • Teacher exposition
  • Seminar work in which students make their own written and oral presentations
  • Discussion and debate
  • Independent research
  • Group research
  • Essay writing - with clear guidance
  • Use of primary and secondary evidence


Careers and Support Subjects

History is widely regarded as one of the most demanding academic disciplines which has not diluted its standards in recent years.  Universities know that students who offer A’ level History are disciplined, can assimilate a large body of significant information, can analyse and present logical written and oral presentations.  These skills are essential in any career and, therefore, History is a very good “entrée” for all the professions - most especially law, journalism, politics, media work, museum and library work, research analysts, tourism and antiquarian fields - the fine arts.

History combines well with other humanities subjects, e.g. English, Modern Languages, Religious Studies and also with Geography, Biology and Mathematics.

Progression to A2 is contingent on achieving grade C or above at AS Level and behaviour, attendance and punctuality records will also be taken into consideration.