During Year 7 and 8 students learn about significant individuals, events and developments from Roman Britain to the Twentieth Century. Students also study key aspects of different societies in Europe and in the world, making cultural, economical and political comparison. This will create in our students an appreciation of culture and attitudes of societies other than our own. Students will be given opportunities to work individually and in groups to evaluate different sources, using their historical knowledge, to analyse the past and explain how it can be interpreted in different ways. Students will also use our library and computers when carrying out historical enquiries and writing essays. Students will gain the confidence to work independently by carrying out self-directed projects on the Tudors in Year 7 and the Holocaust in Year 8. 
The History department also runs a number of co-curricular activities including our popular Horrible Histories Club and Debating Society. There will be opportunities to go on day and residential visits to key historical locations.


Title of the Course: Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History - includes a thematic study and a study of a historical environment, a period study, a British depth study and a modern depth study.


History tells us everything we need to know about who we are and how our world has developed.  Understanding the past is quite simply the best way to make sense of the present and plan for the future.  The study of History supports the development of a wide variety of vital skills such as analysing evidence, evaluating differing interpretations and forming balanced judgements.  The course we have chosen is interesting and engaging, giving students the chance to study the key developments in Medicine, Elizabethan England, Cold War, Weimar and Nazi Germany.


The History GCSE will teach you to think critically about the judgements you make, the evidence you use to support them and the way in which you communicate them.  It prepares you for History A Level, but also develops skills you will find transferable to many other subjects.  History forms part of the EBACC and is highly regarded by many universities.  Students of history go on to careers in education, journalism, law and many other professions. 


Paper 1
Thematic Study: Medicine Through Time: 1250 – Present Day
  • Medicine in Medieval England 1250 – 1500
  • The Medical Renaissance in England 1500 – 1700
  • Medicine in 18th and 19th Century Britain
  • Medicine in modern Britain 1900 – present
Historical Environment: The British Sector on the Western Front 1914-18: injuries, treatments and the trenches
  • The historical context of medicine in the early 20th century
  • The context of the British sector on the Western Front
  • Conditions requiring medical treatment on the Western Front
  • The work of the RAMC and FANY
  • The significance of the Western Front for experiments in surgery and medicine
Paper 2
Section A: Period Study: Superpower relations and The Cold War 1941 - 1991
  • The Origins of the Cold War 1941 – 58
  • Cold War Crises 1958 - 1970
  • The End of the Cold War 1970 - 1991

Section B: British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 88

  • Queen, Government and Religion, 1558 – 69
  • Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569 - 88
  • Elizabethan society in the age of exploration 1558-88 
Paper 3
Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 - 1939
  • The Weimar Republic 1918 -29
  • Hitler’s Rise to Power 1919 - 33
  • Nazi Control and Dictatorship 1933-39
  • Life in Nazi Germany 1933-39


History students will demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of key people, events and developments. They will study a variety of source materials, including text, pictures, and statistical information. Students will demonstrate their ability to analyse and evaluate source material. They are also required to communicate effectively, including through extended pieces of writing and self-directed projects. 


Paper 1 Written Examination 1 hour 15 minutes 30%
Paper 2 Written Examination 1 hour 45 minutes 40%
Paper 3 Written Examination 1 hour 20 minutes 30%