What does this course involve at Key Stage 3?

History at key stage 3 involves developing historical skills and processes such as evidential understanding, change and consequence, significance, similarities and differences as well as cause and consequence. We teach this through a variety of historical enquiries.

What do you need to be successful in this course?

To be successful a student needs to demonstrate detailed knowledge of periods studied in depth, as well as a wider knowledge of patterns over time. This should be secured within a chronological framework that encompasses local, British and World History. Students should be able to make links between periods when demonstrating historical skills.

Year 7

  1. The Norman Conquest – Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
  2. Norman Control – How did William the Conqueror control England?
  3. The Black Death Investigation – What was the impact of the Black Death on Britain?
  4. The War of the Roses – Why is the War of the Roses so important in British history?
  5. Tudors, Stuarts and Religion – What impact did the Tudors, Stuarts and religion have on England?
  6. The English Civil War – What was the legacy of the English Civil War?

Year 8

  1. The Industrial Revolution /Public Health – How beneficial was the Industrial Revolution for everyone?
  2. The British Empire – Was the British Empire a good or bad thing?
  3. Slavery – What was the impact of slavery?
  4. Civil Rights in the USA – How did the civil rights movement develop in the USA?
  5. The Great War – What impact did The Great War have on Britain?
  6. British History Heroes – To what extent did key individuals make a difference to British society?


Years 9 and 10 New Specification – First teaching September 2016

Students in Years 9 and 10 are following the Edexcel GCSE History specification which comprises the following units:

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918– 39
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941 – 1991
  • Medicine through time 1250-present
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-1088

Year 11

At Key Stage 4, students will be following the 2013 Edexcel  GCSE History A specification which is in its final year. The course is comprised of four units, with three examinations at the end of Year 11.

  • International Relations 1943-91
  • Germany 1918-39
  • Britain and the Transformation of British Society: 1931-51
  • Vietnam 1950-75