Key Stage 4 History

What will I learn about?

Edexcel GCSE: 

The GCSE course is divided into three examined papers, covering a wide time period and range of countries:

Unit 1 will cover two areas of study:

  • A thematic study of medicine over time 1250 to present day
  • A study of the Western Front in World War One

Unit 2 will be depth studies covering:

  • The American West: 1835-95
  • Anglo-Saxon and Norman Britain: 1060-88

Unit 3 is a world depth study focusing on:

  • The USA 1954-75: Conflict at home and abroad


How will my work be assessed?

We aim to make lessons interesting and varied. If you study History at GCSE, you can expect to learn in a variety of ways – for example in groups, through discussion and active learning and using a range of ICT.  The course is both challenging and rewarding.  You will be expected to assess evidence and reach clear judgements and will be required to write extended essays. The course is 100% exam and exams appear at the end of the two year course.​​

What courses could I go on to study?

History is a subject within the English Baccalaureate group which is seen by The Russell Group* as a reflection of strong academic ability. GCSE History students demonstrate wide ranging skills and an ability to work and think independently. It is these skills that prospective post-16 students require and GCSE History can provide a strong foundation for students to build upon.

*The Russell Group is an organisation which represents the top 20 universities in the UK.

What jobs can this qualification lead to?

History can open the door for many different careers such as law and teaching and management roles.  Often, the ability to look at the past can help you to understand the present and employers will always favour this.   Martin Luther King’s words, “We are not makers of history.  We are made by History”, highlights how crucial this subject is.

Who can I speak to for more information?

For further information about History please contact Mrs E Dobson Curriculum Area Leader for History

Key Stage 5 History

History is diverse, engaging and thought provoking. The course covers key periods of History and provides a strong foundation to build upon for students who go on to study the subject at University.

This course will offer you a wide range of historical perspectives to study and explore with key topics spanning from the origins of the Russian Revolution in the late 1800s, to the inauguration of President Obama in 2009. Modules have been chosen to inspire you so that you can share our enthusiasm for the subject and understand its intrinsic value and significance in today’s ever-changing world.

In year 12 you will study a British History unit. You will look closely at the social, economic and political change in Britain under two very important Prime Ministers, William Pitt and Robert Peel. The course starts in the aftermath of the American and French Revolutions which sent great shock waves across Britain as more radical viewpoints were heard. We will investigate how the Prime Ministers dealt with these important issues, as well as the growing threat from abroad, the problem of poverty and the campaign to win the right to vote.

The second module explores the Russian Revolution, taking you through the origins of the uprising and the abdication of Tsar Nicholas II. You will research the extent of opposition and discontent within the country and explore what happened next with the establishment of a Provisional Government and the Communist regime under the autocratic leadership of Lenin and Stalin.
As well as the two topics covered in year 12, in year 13 you will be required to sit a further examination and submit a historical enquiry set in advance by the exam board. The examined unit covers a wide period of American History starting with the emancipation of the slaves in the USA and the subsequent battle that African-Americans faced in their quest to achieve equality. As well as looking at the development of rights of African Americans in the USA, you will also investigate the position of Native Americans, workers and women to reach conclusions on how far their position improved between 1865 and 1992. You will be given the opportunity to independently research key topic, identify your own lines of enquiry within key historical debates and reach clear and sustained judgements throughout.

Future Study and Career Opportunities
An A Level in History can lead to future study opportunities in History, Law, Journalism, Education, Politics and International Relations.
The skills learned from studying History underpin a variety of careers in a range of sectors including Law, Politics, the Civil Service, with the Police Force, Teaching and Journalism.

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