Year 7 & 8

Year 8


Examining Board

Course Introduction
History encompasses all subjects. At GCSE you will study English through First World War poetry and Drama through Shakespeare’s plays. You will explore developments in Science, covering a thousand years of medical progress. Geography skills will be applied in order to understand different theatres of war. Vocabulary from a range of languages will be used to comprehend sources produced in Germany, France and across Europe. An appreciation of Art and Music will allow you to evaluate culture in Nazi Germany. Ciphers and codes studied in ICT will be discussed when exploring Elizabeth’s spy network. Maths skills will be applied to evaluate the extent of Germany’s recovery under Nazi rule and a grasp of economics will be necessary to study the impact of the 1929 Wall Street Crash.  You will consider religion by comparing Christianity and Islam in the development of medicine. The role of weaponry in the First World War will require an understanding of Technology and the motivation of individuals such as Adolf Hitler will allow skills to be applied from psychology. Understanding the attitudes of Germans towards events such as the Holocaust will tie into both Philosophy and Sociology, while studying the role of the 1936 Olympics in Germany will allow for an appreciation of the role of Sport in society. History encompasses all subjects.

Paper 1: 2 hours-Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship and Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918
Paper 2: 2 hours-Britain: Health and the People – c1000 to the present and Elizabethan England c1568-1603

History is a highly desirable, valued and respected qualification for Journalism, Law, Politics, Accountancy, Media, Teaching, Museums, Libraries, Archaeology, Armed Forces, Police and Medicine. 

In today’s internet-based, information overloaded world, employers really appreciate someone who can sift through the evidence to find the vital information – a skill that history is better placed than any other subject to help you develop.

Course Content

Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
A fascinating story of democracy and dictatorship in Germany. Focuses on the development and collapse of democracy followed by the captivating rise and fall of Nazism.

Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918
An important unit exploring the causes, nature and conclusion of the First World War. Students learn how and why conflict occurred, and why it proved difficult to bring the war to an end.

Britain: Health and the People – c1000 to the present
Students will gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain with a focus on the roles of themes such as war, religion and individuals. 

Elizabethan England c1568-1603
This option allows students to study the problems, challenges and decisions made by Elizabeth I with a focus on a particular historic environment.

Contact Name 
Mr S Dye – Head of History

Contact Email 

A Level

History is a fascinating subject that allows students to develop their understanding of the present world through the consequences of past actions and events. It helps students to develop their literacy skills to develop enquiring and analytical minds. It also develops their research skills and their powers of reasoning. The course has been chosen to offer a wide range of subject matter in British and European history.

Coursework/Examination Requirement
2 examinations and 1 piece of coursework.

The College expects students to have
GCSE History is not required, but if taken, should be at Grade 6 or above. Students should have a Grade 6 or above in English Literature.

History has been identified by the Russell Group of  universities as one of the eight facilitating subjects. It is recognised that History helps students to develop an array of transferable skills that can be used in employment in a wide variety of interesting and challenging careers such as law, business, publishing, journalism, the civil service, teaching and archaeology. It is not only a highly respected course for those going on to study the Arts and Humanities but also complements Science based courses. Employers value History students as they have an ability to use facts selectively, organise complex information quickly and create coherent arguments.

Course Content

Unit 1: Britain 1930 - 1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930 - 1951) 
The unit will focus on areas such as Churchill as wartime Prime Minister and international diplomacy. It will also look at Conservative and Labour governments - scandals, problems and policies.

Unit 2: The French Revolution and the rule of Napoleon 1774 - 1815 
This unit covers a range of topics such as the causes of the French Revolution and the events from 1789. It also looks at the rise and fall of Napoleon Bonaparte, covering social and political issues at home and military campaigns abroad.

Unit 3: The challenge of German Nationalism
This unit of study focuses on significant developments in Germany which characterised nationalism in different forms from the emerging movement in the early 19th century to the achievement of unification and finally the collapse of monarchy.

Unit 4: Non exam assessment (coursework) independently researched essay 
This is an independently researched essay of 3000-4000 words. The essay will explain and analyse different perspectives on a historical issue, drawing on a range of primary and secondary material. The issue may arise from the study of a period or topic in the previous units studied or it may be on a topic, or from a period, that the student has not studied as part of the A Level course.

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