Subject aims

  • To develop a knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.
  • To encourage student’s curiosity to know more about the past.
  • To enable students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • To help students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.
Key Stage 3 Autumn Spring Summer Exam Board
Introduction to History and local studies linked to overview of British history.

The Norman Invaders – impact of the Norman Conquest


Britain, the origins of empire and the slave trade


The interwar period and the rise of dictators – Nazi Germany

The Black Death and Medieval Britain

Victorian Britain; industrialisation, society and global links. Skills focus – ‘Jack the Ripper’


Causes, events and impact of World War 2 – including Holocaust

The Tudors; The Break with Rome and the ‘Golden Age’ of Elizabeth I.

Challenges to the power of Kings – The English Civil War.


The causes, events and impact of the First World War


Britain and the world since 1945; changing lifestyles and the rise of terrorism.


The changing face of Britain: A study into migration to the UK

Key Stage 4 Autumn Spring Summer Exam Board
Year 10 







Year 11















Introduction – Chronological overview and essential skills.USA 1919-29: ‘The Roaring 20s’.




Origins of the Cold War 1945-57


Crises of the Cold War 1955-70 including Cuban Missile Crisis and Vietnam War








The impact of World war 1 and the rise of Hitler – Hitler’s Germany 1929-41




Collapse of Communism 1970-1991 and post- Cold War relations 1991-2005



Preparation for Paper 3 – Historical investigation based on pre-release source materials.


Race Relations in the USA 1955-68







Revision and exam practise














AQA Entry Level Certificate







AQA iGCSE in History














Further information

AQA website – AQA Level 1/2 Certificate in History
National Curriculum – Secondary History

Reading list and useful texts

CGP GCSE Modern World History –overview / revision guide to key points.

Subject related web sites