Students learn about a broad range of British, European and World History at Key Stages 3 and 4. Students are introduced to key historical skills including analysis, interpretation and source work.
Year 7 begins with a short introduction to history as a discipline allowing students to familiarise themselves with key skill’s and concepts they will use throughout their studies in the subject. Students then go on to learn about power, religion and life in the Middle Ages, and the Renaissance.
In year 8 students learn about key developments between the 15th and 19th centuries. They will study the development and impact of the Tudors and the changing nature of power and democracy during this time, from power being held by one monarch to normal men and women being able to vote. They will also study key developments in Britain’s history that have shaped Britain into the country that it is today. They will explore how the Industrial Revolution helped to give us the technology, and the problems that go along with it, that we enjoy today. Students then examine how Britain gained and then lost an empire that meant control of a quarter of the world’s inhabited land and the causes of UK immigration and how this has changed and enriched Britain.
Students finish their Key Stage 3 studies through enquiries into the struggle for human and civil rights in history. They will focus on the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the quest for Civil Rights in America in the 1950s and 60s and the reasons behind the Holocaust. They will then explore key conflicts in the 20th century through studying the World War I, World War II. They finish Year 9 with an enquiry into Communism, the Russian revolution, and the Cold War.
The new GCSE builds on the content and skills taught at Key Stage 3. The course contains three units, in which students study four different topics. The students will undertake a study into Crime and Punishment in Britain, including a more in-depth examination of Policing in Whitechapel in the Victorian period. Unit 2 is a depth study on the Tudor period alongside an examination of Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91. Finally, Unit 3 is a modern depth study into Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39.