Key Stage 3 History

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GCSE History

GCSE History

Most students follow an EBacc qualification pathway which means they will study either history or geography. Both of these courses offer students a range of knowledge and skills which enables them to make sense of the world around them. From history students are able to understand a little better about the events which have formed the world we live in today.

Why study History?
History is the story of people – the clue is in the name. We learn about where society has advanced from, the challenges that have been faced and hopefully some lessons for the future. If you have ever looked at anything, a country, a group or people or a system of government,  and wondered ‘why?’ – then you are thinking about history. History offers students skills in analysis and communication, the ability to use information, present a view or an argument and explain this fluently.

What you will study
The course follows on from your KS3 lessons with four main units;

  • Germany 1890-1945
  • Conflict and Tension 1894-1918
  • Power and the People c1170-to the present day
  • The Normans 1066-c1100

These cover a range of British and world history across the last thousand years.

How you will be assessed
The course finishes with two exams covering two units per exam. There are either four or six questions to answer per unit and these are a combination of shorter explanations, source responses and detailed written answers. During the course we will practice these and develop our skills in tackling them.

Where can the subject lead?
History has a natural pathway into studying A-levels and degrees, and then into any career involving the use and manipulation of information; from teaching to work in the heritage sector to advertising. And many famous comedians started as historians!

“GCSE History has helped me develop clinical skills that I can apply outside of school.” – Grace

A-level History

A-level History

What will I study?
History is packed full of the greatest characters you could ever wish to see on the TV or stage and they don’t get any bigger than Henry VIII or more fascinating than the titanic struggle during the cold war between the leaders of America and Russia. Immerse yourself in the sixteenth century with the Tudors and use the cold war to help you to understand the state of the world today. All of the course is brand new learning and is accessible to anyone with a willingness to learn and a passion for the past!

What do students do afterwards?
In recent years, our A-level history students have gone on to study a wide variety of subjects including history (of course!), Egyptology, primary teaching or any other degree course. Or, use the skills acquired in organising information, drawing conclusions, and weighing up options to move into management training or administrative careers.

How will I be assessed?
80% exam at the end of the course, with 20% of coursework completed between Years 12 and 13.

What can I do to prepare?
Talk to other students who are already doing the course and ask them what they have done or wish they had done. Come and talk to one of the teachers who will be happy to discuss the content and style of learning in more depth. Send us an email if you can’t come and see us. Read some history – any period; reading relevant books is always good preparation.

“Teachers are genuinely fascinated by the subject and want to engage in discussions which not only help you in the subject, but make history fun.” – Joly Cox, Y13