Head of Faculty: Miss A Boys
Teaching Staff: Miss J Edwards,
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

History is not merely the study of the past; it is to, ‘tell the story of the past’. To be an historian is to tell that story, using all the available evidence that can come to bear upon it.

Students are therefore encouraged to come to this study with an open and enquiring mind that seeks to question, analyse, interpret and explain the events of the past, and to challenge, verify, and confirm the interpretations of others. History is about doing and investigating, and not just passively thinking.

History is taught as a discrete subject within the Humanities Faculty. The curriculum is based upon the National Curriculum for history and includes British, European, non-European, Local, National and International dimensions of study. A variety of key questions centre on the topics, and the focus of study may change annually.

For further information about this course, please email the Acting Head of Faculty, Mr S Leonard
or telephone him on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Schemes of work will cover the following:

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
What is History?
The Norman Conquest

Terms 3 & 4
Power in the Middle Ages

Terms 5 & 6
The Slave Trade

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
The English Reformation
The Tudors

Terms 3 & 4
The New World

Terms 5 & 6
The Industrial Revolution

Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
The Twentieth Century Legacy
The First World War

Terms 3 & 4
Rise of the Nazis
The Second World War

Terms 5 & 6
The Holocaust
The Cold War


Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: GCSE History B AQA 8145
Exam Board Specification: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/history/gcse/history-b-9145/spec-at-a-glance

Students follow the School History Project programme of study, examining the following topics:
Students will study four different topics at KS4. They consist of one period study, one thematic study, one wider world depth study and one British depth study including the historic environment.

Year 10

Terms 1 & 2
Britain, Health and the People c1100 to the present day
A study of developments in medicine from the twelfth century to the twenty-first century. The focus of the study is based on the reasons for change and development during this time, examining many factors, including the role of the individual, war, technology, chance, religion and the role of Empire, amongst others.

Terms 3 & 4
America 1840-1895: Expansion and Consolidation
A study of American history including the geography of North America, early settlers and the challenges they faced, the Plains Indians, conflict on the Plains, the American Civil War and its aftermath and the resolution of the ‘Indian Problem’,

Terms 5 & 6
Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918
A study of events leading up to and including the First World War. Topics studied include the Alliance System, the arms race, the outbreak of war, the Schlieffen plan, the Western Front including the battles of Verdun, the Somme and Passchendaele. The war on other fronts including Gallipoli and the U boat campaign, changes in the Allied forces, military developments in 1918 and their contribution to Germany’s defeat and ultimate surrender.


Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
Norman England c1066-c1100
A study of the Norman’s Conquest and Control including the death of Edward the Confessor and subsequent claimants to the throne, the Battles of Stamford and Hastings, military tactics and innovations, the harrying of the North, William’s leadership and governance, feudalism, the Domesday book, economic and social changes and their consequences, monasticism and the use of Latin.

Terms 3 & 4
The Historic Environment of Norman England
Each year the exam board give a specified relevant site for students to study. In 2018 this is Durham Cathedral, in 2019 Pevensey Castle and in 2020 the Battle of Hastings battlefield.


Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13)

Course Code: 7041 (AS Level) 7042 (A Level)
Exam Board Specification: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/humanities/history_noticeboard.php?id=10&prev=10

The course looks at a broad spectrum of historical topics. This includes investigating regime change in 15th Century England and the successful consolidation of Tudor power; assessing the extraordinary reign of Elizabeth I in England and her triumph against all odds; and exploring the Civil Rights Movement and the Vietnam War, and their consequences for America. In addition, students will complete an independent enquiry.

For more information on A Level History, click here.

Enrichment and Links:
BBC Bitesize
Youtube documentaries