History provides students with an opportunity to discover and analyse the major issues and events from periods and places which have shaped the world in which we live. They will begin to assess the politics and societies of the past which is essential for an understanding of contemporary life. They will begin to understand how and why the past is open to differing interpretations and to judge the worth of sources which are the raw material of History. Subsequently, History should be at the heart of any Arts course.

The Department is housed in two specialist teaching rooms each replete with interactive technology as well as teaching space in the Sixth Form Block. All students take History at Key Stage 3. At GCSE, a Modern World History component is joined by a thematic unit and a Medieval unit. At A-Level once again, teaching is spread across Modern and Medieval history.

Key Stage 3

Our course follows the guidelines of the National Curriculum with its focus on British History from 1066 and three international studies. Students will have their own textbooks and are encouraged in the use of ICT for research and presentation of their work.

Year 7: 3 hours per fortnight – Ancient Rome and Medieval Britain
Year 8: 2 hours per fortnight – Tudor and Stuart Britain, The Industrial Revolution
Year 9: 2 hours per fortnight – Protest and Reform and The Era of the World Wars

Trips are organised for Year 7 to visit Warwick Castle. In Year 9 a visit to the Imperial War Museum is arranged in the summer term.

Key Stage 4

All pupils will be following the brand new AQA GCSE History Course (www.aqa.org.uk  Code 8145BA). The course starting in September 2016 will offer a broader range of historical topics covering a thousand years of development. Assessment is all by examination, it will be divided into two papers both sat at the end of Year 11.  It will be assessed on the new numerical grading criteria of 9-1.

Content involves:

Paper 1            Understanding the Modern World

Section A:        Germany 1890-1945: Democracy and Dictatorship             

Section B:        Conflict and tension, 1894-1918

 

Paper 2            Shaping the Nation    

Section A:   Thematic Study – Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day

Section B:    British Depth Study – Norman England c.1066-1100

Classes are approximately 20-24 and of mixed ability, students are allocated 5 hours per fortnight for the course.

Students have the opportunity to visit World War I battlefields in France and Belgium in Year 10.  They will also undertake a fieldwork visit to a medieval historical site in Year 11.

Post 16

History has proven a continued popular option for post-16 and many students use their historical studies as a springboard to related topics in higher education – however, it can also be seen as a valued complement to science based courses. We follow AQA History A Level course. There are two topics covered other the two year linear course and a non-examined assessment component (coursework).

 

A Level Paper 1 (Unit IH)

Component 1: Breadth Study on Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964

Year 12 – Part 1: Autocracy, Reform and Revolution: Russia 1855-1917

Year 13 – Part 2:  The Soviet Union, 1917-1964

 

A Level Paper 2 (Unit 2A)

Component 2: Depth Study on Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings, 1154-1216

Year 12 –  Part 1: The Reign of Henry II, 1154-1189

Year 13 – Part 2: England under Richard I and John, 1189-1216

 

A Level Non-Examined Assessment

Year 13 – Component 3: Historical Investigation on US Foreign Policy in the 20th Century

Students can devise their own question within the context of the course of study and need to write an extended essay of 3,500 words.

Class sizes are approximately 12-18 at A Level. Students will have 9 hours of taught time per fortnight for the course.

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