The study of history aims to create curious historians, with the subject aiming to build on an understanding of the past and present, to question key events and analyse how the past has shaped our modern day. History allows for the opportunity to explore differences in people and societies and to think critically about the world we live in. The curriculum aims to produce historians who understand the world around us, the place they hold within in it and their community, leaving students with transferrable skills such as questioning, analysing, teamwork and problem solving.
Key Stage 4 overview
Students will follow the 2-year AQA GCSE History course which comprises of one period study, one thematic study, one wider world depth study and one British depth study including the historic environment. Throughout key stage 4 we promote an application-based pedagogy culminating in pupils being fully prepared and confident to undertake their GCSE’s.
Students will be entered into two 2-hour examinations at the end of the 2 years course in Year 11.
Paper 1: Understanding the modern world
Section A: Period Study – America, 1920 – 1973: Opportunity and inequality
Section B: Wider world depth study – Conflict and Tension in Asia, 1950 – 1975
Paper 2: Shaping the nation
Section A: Thematic Study – Britain: Health and the people; c1000 to the present day
Section B: British depth study – Elizabethan England, c1568 - 1603