Key Stage 4

GCSE History engages students in the process of historical enquiry to develop them as independent learners and critical thinkers. Students develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past and to investigate them using a range of sources.

You will study:

  • The American West, 1840-1895: This study in depth concentrates on the way in which the American West was settled and developed by various groups of people between 1840-1895, and the impact of this settlement on the Plains Indians. Topics include The Mormons, law and order in cattle towns and The Battle of Little Bighorn. There is an emphasis on conflicts which resulted from the clash of different cultures and lifestyles.
  • International Conflict and Tension (Year 10)
  • History Around Us: A local history visit followed up by a source investigation.
  • Medicine Through Time: You will investigate how the Ancient Egyptians treated the sick, why surgery was so painful 200 years ago and how the discovery of DNA could change medicine forever.

Key Stage 3

Students will study the following topics in each year group:-

Year 7:

  • Why was the Roman Army so successful?
  • Julius Caesar: Hero or Villain?
  • Why did William I win the Battle of Hastings and was he a successful ruler?
  • How far did experiences of medieval life vary?
  • Who was to blame for the murder of Thomas Becket?
  • Was John really a bad king?
  • How did the Scottish achieve independence from Britain?

Year 8:

  • How has castle-building changed over time?
  • Why did Cromwell fight the king?
  • How ‘united’ was the United Kingdom?
  • How important was Thomas Clarkson’s role in the abolition of the slave trade?
  • How successful were the methods of the Chartists?
  • How successful were the methods of the Suffragettes?

Year 9:

  • Why did so many people die on the Titanic?
  • How did a sandwich cause the First World War?
  • Does the film ‘The Battle of the Somme’ provide realistic evidence about the Battle of the Somme?
  • Who was Jack the Ripper and how did he get away with murder?
  • What was the biggest turning point in World War Two?
  • What was happening to the Jews during World War Two?