History helps pupils to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It inspires pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Pupils are taught to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


In Year 7 pupils study:


• What is History?

• Interpretations of Pirates.

• The Norman Conquest.

• The causes and consequences of the Black Death.

• The History of fun.


In Year 8 pupils study:


• Religion and the Tudors.

• Interpretations of Elizabeth I

• The Gunpowder plot.

• Interpretations of Witches.

• Life in Victorian factories and towns.

• Britain and the Slave trade.


In Year 9 pupils study:


• World War One.

• Votes for women.

• World War Two.

• The African American struggle for civil rights.


GCSE History:


If you enjoy learning about how the events of the last 100 years help explain the problems and opportunities of the world today then this GCSE History A: Modern World course is the ideal subject for you.


Gain insight into why important figures in history did what they did, improve your ability to judge whether you are being told the truth, only part of the truth or something completely untrue and develop valuable skills such as reasoning and debating skills.


You will learn about:


Unit 1: The Era of the Cold War 1943-91


How did the Cold War in Europe develop 1943-56?

Three Cold War Crises: Berlin, Cuba and Czechoslovakia 1957-69.

Why did the Cold War end?


Unit 2: Germany 1918 – 1939


The Weimar Republic 1918-29.

Hitler and the rise of the Nazi Party 1919-33.

The Nazi dictatorship 1933-39.

Nazi domestic policies 1933-39.


Unit 3: War and the transformation of British society 1903 – 1928.


The Liberals, votes for women and social reform.

The part played by the British on the Western Front 1914-18.

The Home Front and Social change 1914-18.

Economic and Social change1918-28.

Units 1, 2 and 3




There will be a variety of questions in the examination papers. Your teacher can show you some examples to help you practice and succeed.


Examiners want you to do well and will be looking for comments to reward rather than looking to spot mistakes or gaps in your knowledge.


Many of the questions will be like those you have already done in Key Stages 3 and 4.


There will be questions which ask you what you know and have learnt, and other questions which are more about yoru own opinions and letting you give your own explanations and reasons for something that happened in the past


Unit 4: Controlled assessment


This is task based around an issue in history and will be written up in lesson times. You will carry out some research, analyse an aspect of the USA 1919-41.