History Curriculum


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • Gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world (as well as local history) as they develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections within and across different periods and societies.
  • Learn to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift and interpret arguments, and develop perspective and judgements regarding historical events.
  • Learn to substantiate any arguments and judgements whilst debating their significance verbally and through writing using a historical vocabulary.
  • Begin 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.


What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Historical Skills and Norman Invasion: Historical Skills and Norman Conquest; Chronology; Anachronisms; Sources; Contenders to the throne; Battles of Fulford and Stamford Bridge; Battle of Hastings; Bayeux Tapestry

Half Term 2: Norman Conquest: Harrying of the North; Domesday Book; Feudal System; Castles.

Half term 3: The Middle Ages: Life in the Middle Ages- Villages and Towns; Monarchy and Religion Life in Medieval England; The Black Death; Religion in Medieval England;

Half Term 4: The Middle Ages: John and the Magna Carta; Where did Parliament come from? The Peasants’ Revolt; Wars of the Roses

Half Term 5: The Tudors: Henry VII and securing the Tudor throne; Henry VIII and his wives; Henry VIII and the Reformation Dissolution of the monasteries; Bloody Mary

Half Term 6: The Tudors: Life in Elizabethan England; The Spanish Armada; The Age of Exploration.



What will I learn?

Half Term 1: The Industrial Revolution: The causes of the Industrial Revolution; Factory conditions; Transformation of cities and towns; Public Health;

Half Term 2: The Industrial Revolution: Transformation of transport; Suffragettes; First World War- Origins of war (MAIN) Europe by 1914; Assassination at Sarajevo;

Half term 3: First World War: Recruitment; Trench warfare; Battle of the Somme; Weapons of war; Battles research; Life on the Home Front; End of the War and remembrance

Half Term 4: Second World War: Causes of WW2; Hitler and the Nazis; Home Front (Rationing and Evacuation)

Half Term 5: Second World War: Key events- Battle of Britain; Dunkirk; Bombing; D Day, Atomic Bomb

Half Term 6: Second World War: The Holocaust; Consequences;


Year 9, 10, 11


What will I learn?
You will study a wide range of themes, historical events and eras, so you can understand the past and its impact on the world around you. The course covers almost a thousand years of history, with topic choices ranging from medieval England to the present day.

You will learn about the following:
– British Thematic Study with Historic Environment: Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
– Period Study: The American West, c1835–c1895
– British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88
– Modern Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

How will I learn?
Together with whole class learning you will use independent research and study skills to extend your knowledge. You will also hone your skills of spoken and written communication. An essential element of the qualification also involves reflecting on historical documents and subsequent interpretations as well as considering the nature of change over time, why historical events take place and the experiences of different groups of people in various contexts. The critical thinking skills that the course provides are highly valued by employers.

How will I be assessed?
There are 3 examinations at the end of the course:
Paper 1 Thematic study and historic environment 1 hour 15 minutes [30% of GCSE]
Paper 2 Period study and British depth study 1 hour 45 minutes [40% of GCSE]
Paper 3 Modern depth study 1 hour 20 minutes [30% of GCSE]

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
History provides valuable employability skills for many career opportunities, for example, skills of researching, evaluating, organising and presenting material with clarity and correctness of expression. It helps to develop the ability to make and support judgements and the ability to look beneath the surface to asses and question the evidence. GCSE history leads into careers that are directly related to the subject for example, teaching, historical research, archaeology, archivist, and curator. History is also a good subject for a variety of careers including the media, police, and law.

Year 12, 13

QUALIFICATION: A-Level History (7042)

Why study History?
History suits those who enjoy reading, writing and discussion. It appeals to pupils who are curious about the past, who want to know how the past has affected the present and how it may influence the future. History prepares you for the future, equipping you with the knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps you become confident and questioning individuals.

What will I learn?
This qualification will help you to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. It also encourages reflection on how governments work and the problems of democratic states as well as consideration of what creates and sustains a dictatorship. You will learn about:
– The Tudor Dynasty: (Henry VII, 1485–1509 and Henry VIII, 1509–1547); (‘the Mid-Tudor Crisis’, 1547–1563); (The triumph of Elizabeth, 1563–1603).
– Democracy and Nazism: (Weimar Republic, 1918–1933); (The Nazi Dictatorship, 1933–1939); (The Racial State, 1933–1941); (The impact of War, 1939–1945).

How will I learn?
You will learn through a combination of whole class learning and developing your independent research and study skills to extend your knowledge. You will also develop your skills of spoken and written communication. You will be encouraged to ask relevant and significant questions about the past, undertake research, to develop as independent learners but critical and reflective thinkers and, to organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding.

How will I be assessed?
Unit 1: Breadth Study – Tudors – written exam 2h 30min [40% of A-Level]
Unit 2: Depth Study – Weimar/Nazi Germany – written exam 2h 30min [40% of A-Level]
Historical Enquiry: Topic of students choice – 3,000 – 3,500 words [20% of A-Level]

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE grades at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) incl English, Maths and Grade 5 or above in history.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
By the end of your course you will have learned how to evaluate and analyse information, how to weigh up evidence and different perspectives and how to communicate complex ideas efficiently. History A-Level provides an excellent foundation for a number of popular careers including journalism, law and business. History at Advanced Level is thought provoking, rewarding and relevant.