What will the subject enable me to do?

History will enable pupils and students to learn about the past and enhance their knowledge and understanding of national and international history. In addition to learning about the past, studying history will also enhance pupils’ understanding of current affairs and the world we live in today. In addition to this, a study of history is very important because pupils master a number of transferable skills, such as research, interpreting information, empathy, reflecting on contrasting points of view and developing communication skills.


M Danylevych – Head of Department

C Oldfield-Wright

K Fearon

H Cooper

M Hollingworth

M Mackenzie

Key Stage3

Curriculum Plan

Year 7


Medieval England and the Tudors

Students will learn about the Battle of Hastings, the Murder of Thomas Becket, the Crusades, Henry VIII, ‘Bloody Mary’ and the Spanish Armada. 

Historical enquiries


Year 8


Stuarts, Industrial Revolution and the 20th century

Pupils will learn about the Gunpowder Plot, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the Suffragettes, World  War One and the Holocaust

Historical enquiries


Homework and support

Key Stage 4

Students will study AQA GCSE History


Conflict and Tension, 1919-39

  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The League of Nations
  • Crises in Manchuria and Abyssinia
  • Hitler’s foreign policy
  • Appeasement and the Munich Agreement
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact

50% of Paper 1 , which is an examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes duration.

Russia: Tsardom and Communism

  • The 1905 Revolution and the ‘Bloody Sunday Massacre’
  • Russia and the First World War
  • The Bolsheviks and the October Revolution
  • The Russian Civil War
  • Stalin and the Great Terror
  • Stalin and the Great Patriotic War

50% of Paper 1, which is an examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes duration.

Norman England, 1066-1100

  • Edward the Confessor and the contenders to the English throne
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • William I consolidates his control over England
  • The Feudal System
  • Domesday Book
  • The Norman Church and monasticism

50% of Paper 2, which is an examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes duration.

Migration, People and Empire

  • The Vikings and Alfred the Great
  • The Norman conquest of England
  • Hundred Years’ War
  • Elizabeth I and the colonisation of North America
  • The British Empire in India
  • British colonisation of Africa
  • The Boer War
  • World War Two and the decline of the British Empire
  • The Cold War and Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

50% of Paper 2, which is an examination of 1 hour and 45 minutes duration


Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of a spelling tests, knowledge tests, historical research, planning and completing historical enquiries and examination questions.

Revision classes take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Key Stage 5



Unit 1 – Britain 1930-97 (25%)

  • The Abdication Crisis, 1936
  • Rearmament and appeasement
  • Britain and World War Two
  • Churchill becoming prime minister in 1940
  • The 1945 general election
  • Britain and the Cold War

1.5 hour exam

Unit 2 – America 1740-96 (15%)

  • Relations between Great Britain and the American colonies
  • The Seven Years’ War, 1756-63
  • The causes of the American Revolution
  • The American War of Independence
  • The American constitution
  • George Washington and the American presidency

1 hour exam

Russia 1855-1964 (40%)

  • The system of government in Tsarist Russia
  • Reform and modernisation in Tsarist Russia and the developing opposition movement
  • The Crimean War
  • The First World War and its impact on Russia
  • Stalin and the Great Patriotic War
  • Economic systems and their impact on Russia

2.5 hour exam

Unit – coursework (20%)

  • Pupils choose a topic to study independently, which requires approval from the exam board.

Independent project


Homework and support

Homework consists of research, completing assignments and organising revision notes.