History

Key Stage 3

Whilst studying Key Stage 3 History students have one lesson a week in year 7 and two lessons a week in year 8. The exciting new course covers three themes in both years: Exploration, Empire and Endless Suffering, Parliament, Protest and the People and Death, Disease and Dragons Den in year7 – Followed by Bullets, Bombs and the Blitz, Space, Spies and Super – Powers and Revolution, Reform and Rock n Roll in year 8. In year 7 the themes cover the Tudors, the English Civil War, the Stuarts, the British Empire, Slavery, the Industrial Revolution and much more! In year 8 the themes move into the 20th century covering World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the development of British society including the 1960s.

Students will have the opportunity to visit the Imperial War Museum in Manchester whilst in year 8.

Key Stage 4

The GCSE is made up of 3 exams with 5 distinct units:

  • Paper 1: British thematic study with Historic Environment
    This element is worth 30% of the GCSE and assessed through an exam of 1 hour 15 minutes. Students study Medicine through Time from 1250 with a historic environment study based around medicine on the Western Front. This unit allows students to understand beliefs about causes and treatment of disease through time. The study of the Western Front allows students to explain methods of treatment and surgery during WW1 through an analysis of sources.
  • Paper 2: Period Study and British Depth Study
    This element is worth 40% of the GCSE and is assessed through an exam of 1 hour 45 minutes. There are two distinct elements to this examination, the American West and Elizabethan England. The American West allows studies of the lives of the Plains Indians, Westward Expansion across the USA and the experiences of key groups in US society, such as cattlemen, Mormons and gold miners. The Elizabethan England element covers the reign of Elizabeth I, examining the key events of her time in power and the challenges Britain and Elizabeth herself faced during this time.
  • Paper 3: Modern Depth Study
    This element is worth 30% and is assessed through an exam of 1 hour 20 minutes. The content is based around Weimar and Nazi Germany, studying key events such as the establishment of the Weimar government, the rise of the Nazi party and the key features of Nazi Germany. It allows students to develop a wide range of historical skills such as source analysis and understanding of interpretations.

Results
2016- 69% A*-C
National average – 65% A* – C

Key Stage 5

A Level HistoryAQA History A

At A-Level students complete two separate examined units:

  • Component 1: Breath Study: 1L: The Quest for Political Stability: Germany 1871-1991-Exam.
  • Component 2: Depth Study: 2S: The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007-Exam.
  • Component 3: Historical Investigation: The Causes of the French Revolution-Coursework.

A Level History allows students to examine the main changes within the political, social and economic systems of both Britain and Germany. The British element, assessed through examination and worth 40% of the A Level, allows students to study the concept of Post War Consensus and assess the extent to which this maintains consistent across the 20th century, whilst examining the key developments in the lives of ordinary people. The German element, also assessed through examination and worth 40% of the A level, investigates the quest for political stability considering in what ways, and to what extent, this changed throughout the period. The final element, the coursework, with 20% of the A Level, allows students to look into the causes of the French Revolution, considering the extent to which this was due to the monarchs of the time or other factors.

Results
2016 – 67% A* – B
National average – 54%

A Level Government & Politics – Edexcel Government & Politics
At AS Level students complete two separate examined units:

  • People & Politics
  • Governing the UK
    At A2 Level students complete a further two examined units:
  • Representative Processes in the USA
  • Governing the USA

The AS politics course allows students to examine the key systems of British government and assess their effectiveness. Unit 1, assessed through examination and worth 50% of the AS course, allows students to study the role of pressure groups and political parties within the political system, considering how they are elected and how ordinary people can participate in the political system. Unit 2, assess through examination and worth 50% of the AS, examines the organisations of British government and assess changes in the structures, assessing their effectiveness.

Unit 3, Worth 25% of the A Level and assessed through examination, examines the political parties, electoral systems and role of pressure groups within US politics. It also studies how racial and ethnic politics have developed within the US. Finally, Unit 4, worth 25% of the A level and assessed through examination, allows students to study the systems of US government, considering the role of the President, Congress, Judiciary and the impact of the Constitution on the American government.

Results
2016– 91% A* – C
National average – 80%

R Wilson – Head of History
A Lewis – Acting Heaf of History
C Wilson – Teacher of History
T Caulton – Teacher of History
A Shannon- Teacher of History
H Salvage- Teacher of History
S White- Teacher of History