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Staffing and Role

Mrs. L Harrison

Head of History

Miss. B Freemantle

Teacher of History

Miss. A Hall-Vidler

Teacher of History

GCSE Course Outline

  • Taking this course will give you an understanding of how and why our world has developed in the way that it has over the last 1000 years. You will develop the ability to investigate, interpret and analyse the major events, characters and ideas of the 20th Century which has shaped our world.
  • According to the ‘Which?’ Consumer guides, “Historians are regarded as having had an education that trains their minds to assemble, organise and present facts and opinions and this is a very useful quality in many walks of life and careers…History is an excellent preparation for many other jobs”.
  • Employers need people who are independent thinkers, open minded, disciplined, good at problem solving and able to pick out the essential from the trivial.
  • History will equip you with all these skills.

KS3 Course Content

Year 7

  1. Historical skills
  2. The Romans
  3. The Battle of Hastings
  4. Norman England
  5. Castles
  6. Life in Medieval England
  7. Thomas Becket
  8. Black Death

Year 8

  1. War of the Roses
  2. The Tudors: Henry VIII
  3. The Tudors: Mary I & Elizabeth I
  4. Witchcraft
  5. The Gunpowder Plot
  6. The Civil War
  7. Slavery
  8. Civil Rights


KS4 Course Content

The GCSE comprises of 4 elements:

‚ÄčPeriod study – Germany, 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship

  1. Germany and the growth of democracy
    • Kaiser Wilhelm and the difficulties of ruling Germany
    • The impact of the First World War
    • Weimar Government, the Stresemann era
  2. Germany and the Depression
    • The impact of the Depression
    • The failure of Weimar democracy
    • The establishment of Hitler’s dictatorship
  3. The experiences of Germans under the Nazis
    • Economic changes
    • Social policy and practice
    • Control

Wider world depth study – Conflict and Tension, 1919-1939

  1. Part one: Peacemaking
    • The armistice
    • The Versailles Settlement
    • Impact of the treaty and wider settlement
  2. Part two: The League of Nations and international peace
    • The League of Nations
    • Diplomacy outside the League
    • The collapse of the League
  3. Part three: The origins and outbreak of the Second World War
    • The Development of tension
    • Escalation of tension
    • The outbreak of war

Thematic study – Britain: Health and the People, 1100 – to the present

  1. Medicine stands still
    • Medieval medicine
    • Medieval medicine and progress
    • Public health in the middle ages
  2. The beginnings of change
    • The impact of the Renaissance on Britain
    • Dealing with disease
    • Prevention of disease
  3. A revolution in medicine
    • The development of Germ Theory and a revolution in surgery
    • Improvements in public health
  4. Modern medicine
    • Modern treatment of disease
    • The impact of war & technology on surgery
    • Modern public health

British depth study including the historic environment – Norman England, c1066-c1100

  1. Conquest and Control
    • Causes of the Norman conquest
    • Military aspects
    • Establishing and maintaining control
  2. Life under the Normans
    • Feudalism and government
    • Economic & social changes and their consequences
  3. The Norman church and monasticism
    • The Church
    • Monasticism
  4. The historic environment of Norman England

Course Assessment

Paper 1 – 50% Written Exam – 1 hour 45 minutes
Paper 2 – 50% Written Exam – 1 hour 45 minutes

What will I achieve?

GCSE Full course single award AQA World History.

Additional Expenses

We offer an optional visit to the World War I Battlefields in France and Belgium at approximately £250 and a trip to Berlin with the Languages department to Berlin at approximately £500. Also, there is a possible site study trip – this will be a day trip.


Quotes from Students

“History is a very interesting subject which I have learnt a lot from over the past two years on my GCSE course. It has made me think a lot about the world I live in.”

Kate (15)

“History matters more than any other subject. Although you don’t realise it, history comes into every lesson.”

Joe (15)

“History is an immensely important subject, not just at GCSE, but a way of looking at the past, to control the future.”

Sean (15)