In Key Stage 3 students begin to develop the skills of becoming a good historian. This is delivered through engaging activities and topics from the Middle Ages to the present. Students undertake a two year Key Stage 3 course including British and world History, which prepares them fully for the move into GCSE study in year 9.
History at GCSE focuses on both British and wider world studies, whilst covering a 1500 year era. In Year 9 students will start by examining the development of the USA from 1929-2000. They will find out how a stock market crash shaped the political, social and economic future of the most powerful nation of the 20th Century. This breadth study will include a focus on the civil rights movement as well as the role of America in world affairs, whilst also providing in depth analysis of the US presidents of the era.
transition of Germany from the end of World War One through to the start of World War Two. This depth study will see students identify the features of Weimar Germany, before looking at how a disaffected Austrian soldier - Adolf Hitler - was able to come to power, and what life was like during Nazi rule. The department undertake a 4 day trip to Berlin on a biennial basis to allow all students of GCSE the possibility to attend during their course of study
Study then moves across back across the Atlantic when students will examine the transition of Germany from the end of World War One through to the start of World War Two. This depth study will see students identify the features of Weimar Germany, before looking at how a disaffected Austrian soldier - Adolf Hitler - was able to come to power, and what life was like during Nazi rule. The department embark on a four-day trip to Berlin on a biennial basis to allow all students of GCSE the possibility to attend during their course of study.
Half way through Year 10 historians will undertake their first British study in depth by looking at the Elizabethan Age. The course will look in detail at the social, political and religious issues of the age whilst also allowing students to examine the strengths and weaknesses of Elizabeth I reign.
The final topic is a breadth study covering the theme of Medicine and Health in Britain from c.500 to the present day. Students will examine and assess the diseases, preventions, cures and medical breakthroughs of this time frame. This thematic breadth study also includes a study of historical environments, which will rotate every two years. The first two of these topics covering the first 4 years of the new GCSE, are on the village of Eyam during the Great Plague, and the British sector of the Western Front in World War One.
The course is examined by four papers at the end of Year 11 worth 25% of the overall GCSE each.
Exam Board is Eduqas (WJEC)
At A Level, students partake in linear two-year course which includes a depth study of the Cold War and a breadth study of the Tudors.
The Cold War course looks at the changes in relationship across the era with studies in depth of the major crises of the Cold War, from the Berlin Blockade to Cuba, and from Vietnam to Afghanistan. It involves an examination of the attitudes and actions of each of the leaders from the worlds Twentieth Century Superpowers.
The Tudors course examines the religious, social, political, and foreign policy issues of the era, and takes a close look at the success' and failures of each of the monarchs from this famous period of British History.
These courses are taught alongside one another over a two year period before a final examination in the summer of year 13. Students will also complete a Non-Examined Assessment (NEA) in year 13 which is a 4000 word Historical enquiry. This piece can be on a topic of their choice from any person, country, or era of history that the students have a passion for.
Exam Board is AQA