Curriculum Overview




History is continuously changing the world around us and historic events have helped to shape our society.  Learning about past events and the people who’ve influenced history will allow you to understand how the world got to the point it’s at now and how it will continue to develop in the future.  Apart from studying a wide range of exciting historic periods, you’ll learn a range of handy skills that will help you with A-levels and future work. These include:

  • excellent communication and writing skills
  • how to construct an argument
  • research and problem skills
  • investigation and problem-solving skills
  • analytical and interpretation skills.

Key Stage 3 Content:

Year 7:
  • 1066: The Norman Conquest.
  • Medieval Britain: religion and society
  • Changing minds: the Early Modern period

Year 8:
  • Slavery and Empire: the Triangular Trade and beyond
  • USA: the American West, 1835-1895
  • 20th Century: The First World War
  • 20th Century: The Second World War
Year 9:
  • 20th Century: Shoah (the Holocaust)
  • 20th Century: What caused 9.11?
  • 20th Century: Civil Rights in America
  • 20th Century: The Vietnam War

Number of lessons per year group – 2 lessons/ 200 minutes per fortnight.

Key Stage 4 Content:

The Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9–1) in History consists of three externally examined papers. The total qualification mark is 168, of which 8 marks are for spelling, punctuation, grammar and use of specialist terminology (SPaG).

Exam board – Edexcel

Papers and content:

Paper 1

Year 10 (30%)

Medicine Through Time: 1250 - present


Paper 2

Year 10 & 11 (40%)

Super Power Relations and the Cold War: 1941-1991

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England: 1060-1088

Paper 3 Year 11 (30%)

The USA at home and abroad: Civil Rights and the Vietnam War


Number of lessons per year group – Year 10 & 11: 3 x 100 mins per fortnight

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