"We are not makers of history. We are made by history."

- Martin Luther King, Jr.

The History Department is committed to developing a sense of the significance and appriciation of events and people that have shaped the past and in turn, the world we currently live in. We develop in our students lively, inquiring minds that question and construct rational argument, and an understanding that an awareness of historical events might be applied to the political, social, economic and religious issues of the present.


The history curriculum aims to ignite confident historians, who are brave, curious and independent critical thinkers that are inquisitive about the past and the ever changing world. History is concerned with the study and appreciation of the past. It contributes to pupils' understanding of the world and its interdependence, achievements and aspirations.


History Curriculum Map


The button below will navigate to a series of resources which will support the development of skills and techniques and understanding of the subject.


Key Stage 4

At GCSE we follow the Edexcel (Pearson) History Exam Board specification. This covers a broad range of time periods as well as both British and World History. The exam papers are:

Paper 1 – Thematic Study

(1 hour 15 minutes)

  • Medicine in Britain from 1250-present day - what factors have caused change and continuity across different ages and aspects of society? What key events, people and developments have shaped medicine and how can we make comparisons between the different periods studied?

  • The British Sector of the Western Front - students develop the skills to analyse historical documents with a focus on medicine and surgery during the First World War

Paper 2: Period Study and British Depth Study

(1 hour 45 minutes)

  • Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1945-1991- The Origins of the Cold War; Cold War Crises e.g. the Cuban Missile Crisis; The End of the Cold War

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1558 - a detailed study of society, people and events. Pupils need to show an understanding of how the different aspects of the period fit together

Paper 3 - Modern Depth Study

(1 hour 20 minutes)

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 - This depth study focuses on a substantial and coherent short time span and requires students to understand the complexity of a society or a historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it. Pupils learn to analyse historians’ views of the past as well as documents from the time.

Key Stage 5

History is rigorous, challenging and designed to give a broad programme of study.

It is split into four key topics:

  • Russia 1917-1991: from Lenin to Yeltsin

  • Mao’s China, 1939-76

  • Disorder and Rebellion Under the Tudors, 1485-1603

  • Coursework: 4,000 word essay on either 20th century Russia or the Holocaust

The History department encourages students to take a mature approach to their studies and expects each individual to be responsible for their own learning, working with their teachers in order to be as successful as possible.

Assessment is through terminal examinations after two years’ study. Students may have the option of taking an AS examination at the end of year 12 to assess their understanding of the first year’s content. The AS award is a stand-alone qualification and the result does not contribute to the overall A Level grade. Students are taken to examiner workshops each year as part of their revision and exam preparation.