Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9), students study one thousand years of history, spanning from the Norman invasion in 1066 to the development of the Cold War. A broad and balanced programme of study is offered and connections between past events and the modern world are made wherever possible.

Topics include:

  • the Norman Invasion in 1066 , the importance of castles for keeping control, the role of the Church in Medieval Britain
  • the religious and political conflicts during the Tudor and Stuart dynasties
  • how the industrial revolution affected Britain
  • a study of peoples’ rights and freedoms, focusing on the Slave Trade
  • Britain and the wider world in the twentieth century, including World War I, World War II and the Holocaust.


Key Stage 4

At GCSE (from September 2016), students study a mixture of modern world history, which gives them an understanding of the world in which they live, plus an in-depth study of Elizabethan England, which covers both social and political history plus a study of a historical site as provided by the exam board.

Students also study a history of medicine from the year 1,000 to the current day, with a particular focus on how this has affected the health of the people of Britain and will cover war and medicine, individuals and medicine plus developments in vaccinations and surgery. The department follows the AQA GCSE course and the topics are:

  • Elizabethan England
  • Britain: Health and the people 1000-the present day
  • Modern World : America 1920-73
  • War in Asia 1950-75

In September 2016 new GCSEs were introduced along with a new grading system. The grid below shows how the GCSE grades will be awarded from 2018 onwards.

History GCSE






















KS4 AQA GCSE History (8145): Timetable



Key Stage 5

At A-Level the History Department offers the AQA A-Level. We study two periods of History; the Tudors and Modern American History.

In Year 12 students learn about how the Tudors consolidated their power with a focus on Henry VII and Henry VIII. In Year 13 students learn about the Mid-Tudor Crisis of 1547-1547 and the Triumph of Elizabeth, 1563-1603.

Students also study the American Dream: Reality & Illusion, 1845-1980 with a focus in Year 12 on the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy. In Year 13 students will focus on the challenges to the American Dream and Johnson’s Presidency of 1963-68 as well as Nixon and Republican reaction as well as America after Nixon.

In Year 13 students also conduct a Historical Investigation of their choice and which covers 100 years of History. This essay is between 3000-3500 words in length and is worth 20% of the A’Level.