Key Stage 3

Students in Year 7 and Year 8 follow a diverse curriculum focusing on different aspects of British and World History. These units introduce students to the historical skills required at GCSE and A-level, including cause & consequence, significance, change & continuity and differing interpretations of the past. Classes are taught using a variety of different approaches including group work, discussions, individual projects and historical re-enactments.

The Year 7 curriculum currently includes topics focusing on…

  1. The History of the Isle of Axholme
  2. The Titanic disaster
  3. The Romans
  4. Crime and Punishment Through Time

The Year 8 curriculum currently includes topics focusing on…

  1. Medicine Through Time c1250 - present
  2. Twentieth Century European History

Assessment of work in Year 7 and Year 8 is based upon GCSE style questions modelled on the formal examinations taken at the end of Key Stage 4. This will help students become familiar with the format and types of questions that they will encounter in Year 11. Every student will be expected to have produced at least one piece of work for formal assessment each half-term.

GCSE History

GCSE History involves examining past events and people, however the skills developed studying this course are transferable across many areas. Most issues in History do not have clear and easy explanations and by studying this subject, the ability to solve problems, extract accurate information and present well-reasoned arguments will all be developed. Study of GCSE History will provide a solid foundation for continued study of the subject at A-level, although the skills of analysis and writing extended answers will complement similar subjects such as Law, Politics, Geography and English.

Over the duration of Key Stage 4, students will study 40% British History with the remainder focusing on breadth and depth studies of World and European History. There is also a requirement that the course covers aspects of Medieval, Early-modern and Modern History.

The GCSE curriculum currently includes topics focusing on…

  1. Warfare Through Time c1250 – present
  2. Anglo-Saxon and Norman England
  3. The American West
  4. Weimar and Nazi Germany

GCSE History is a linear qualification and all assessment will take place at the end of Year 11. There is no coursework requirement and the final grade in the subject will be assessed by three externally marked examinations.

Paper 1: Warfare Through Time c1250 – present (1hr 15mins – 30% of the final mark)

Paper 2: American West/Anglo-Saxon and Norman England (1hr 45 mins – 40% of the final mark)

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany (1hr 20mins – 30% of the final mark)

GCSE History is viewed as a valuable qualification by employers and demonstrates the ability to think and work independently. A qualification in GCSE History is ideal for students pursuing careers in teaching, management, social work, journalism and the heritage and tourism industries.