History is a ‘gold standard’ academic subject, consistently voted by major universities as one of the most challenging – yet most worthwhile – subjects to study at school.
History increases knowledge and understanding of key events in the past. Students rapidly improve their writing skills and their ability to organise and structure their thinking. They use a variety of sources of evidence, learn to weigh up evidence and reach sensible conclusions and judgements. Above all, they learn to explain clearly and fully and to analyse – linking ideas together, examining similarities and differences and exploring continuity and change over time.
History in key stage 3
After a short introductory unit designed to embed key historical skills, students explore key features of the medieval period c1000-c1500 and the early-modern period c1500-1649. We finish by introducing students to two historical investigations – ‘Tollund Man’ and the assassination of President Kennedy.
History in Year 8 centres on three themes: Empire and Slavery, the Industrial Revolution and Social and Political Change. We finish with an investigation into the ‘Jack the Ripper’ murders.
History in key stage 4
Examination Board: Eduqas
Specification Name: GCSE (9-1) History
The GCSE course currently studied in Years 9, 10 and 11 covers:
- Development of America 1918-1929
- The development of surgery and medicine since c500 AD
- A depth study of Germany 1919-1991
- What life was like in Elizabethan England
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