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The aims of the KS3 curriculum are;
To cover the substantive knowledge that will best help students understand the Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History topics they will encounter at KS4.
To build up skills towards those required by GCSE questions, especially providing support for new elements like writing analytical narrative.
To give students the opportunity to look at history across a range of timescales, preparing them for depth, breadth and thematic units at GCSE.

Year 7

Norman Conquest
Medieval Crown Versus Church
The Crusades
The Black Death
The War of the Roses
The Reformation

Year 8

The English Civil War
The French Revolution
The American West
The British Empire
The Slave Trade
The Industrial Revolution

Year 9

The First World War
The Suffrage Movement
20th Century Conflict
The Holocaust
Conflict in the Middle East
Protest and Change


Period/geographical links: British early modern history
Thematic links: the nature of international rivalry
Thematic/period links: the role of the USA internationally in the twentieth century

Qualification Details

Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification Title: History
Qualification Specification Code: H7
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the Edexcel webpage for the specification.

Why should I study this course?

History is a very valuable and well respected subject and involves:
Learning about people - how they interact, the motives and emotions that can tear people apart into rival factions or help them to work together for a common cause (useful knowledge for team-building at work!)
Learning about countries, societies and cultures - so many of today's conflicts and alliances have their roots in the past; how can you negotiate with, trade successfully with, or report on a country if you know nothing of its history?
Learning to locate and sift facts - to identify truth and recognise myth, propaganda and downright lies (useful in every aspect of life!)
Presenting what you've learned in a way that makes sense to others - whether in graphs, essays or illustrated reports - and having the confidence to defend your findings.

What knowledge and/or skills will I need?

Background knowledge for many of the topics is covered at KS3, an understanding of the importance of religion to British Society before 1700 is important. You need to be able to demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied. Explain and analyse historical events and periods and be able to analyse, evaluate and use sources to make substantiated judgements. And analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied.

What will I study in this qualification?

Medicine Through Time 1250 – Present
Early Elizabethan England
Superpower Relations and the Cold War
America: Conflict at Home and Abroad (Civil Rights and Vietnam)

How will I be assessed?

Three written exam papers at the end of Year 11.
Paper One – Medicine through time 1 hour 15 mins (30%)
Paper Two – Superpower Relations and the Cold War AND Early Elizabethan England 1 hour 45 minutes (40%)
Paper Three - America: Conflict at Home and Abroad (Civil Rights and Vietnam) 1 hour 20 minutes (30%)

Possible Career Paths

Law, Museums and Galleries, Historic Houses, Heritage Sites and Organisations, Record Offices, Archives, Libraries and Universities, Archaeology and Architecture, Conservation and Horticulture, National and Local Government, the Civil Service and the Diplomatic Service, The Media, The Police and Armed Forces, Teaching in Schools,


A Level History lends itself to detailed discussion and the sharing of ideas and interpretations. It builds on key skills of logic and reasoning as well as studying the views of different Historians. Unit 1 focuses on the Early Stuarts and the Origins of the Civil War 1603-1660 and includes a source enquiry study on the execution of Charles I and the Interregnum 1646-1660. Unit 2 examines the impact of WW1 on Germany, the rise of Hitler, Nazi Germany, the Holocaust, the impact of WW2 and the defeat of Germany and the Federal Republic and the GDR 1949–1963. Unit 3 focuses on the struggle of citizens in the United States to gain equality before the law, through the study of African Americans, Trade Unions and Labour Rights, Women and Native Americans. This includes a depth study on the ‘Gilded Age’, the New Deal and Malcolm X. In Unit 4 students will produce an in-depth study of between 3000-4000 words about a historical controversy of their choice: developing planning, organisational and research skills in extended writing.

Qualification Details

Exam Board: OCR
Qualification Title: History
Qualification Specification Code: H505
Qualification Webpage: Click here to visit the OCR webpage for the specification.

Entry Requirements

Standard Sixth Form entry requirements

What will I study in this qualification?

The summary of components is as follows:
• Unit 1: Early Stuarts and Origins of the Civil War 1603 – 1660 25%
• Unit 2: Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963 15%
• Unit 3: A Thematic Study on the USA 1865 - 1992 40%
• Unit 4: Topic Based Essay about a Historical Controversy of your choice 20%

Possible Career Paths

History lends itself to a variety of degree courses including Law, International Relations, Politics, Economics Journalism, Business and Finance and of course History. History is also a popular choice for joint honours degrees with subjects such as: English Literature, International Relations, Languages, Politics, Economics and American Studies. History supports careers and Higher Education courses in Legal professions, Journalism, Diplomacy, Social Work, Teaching, Heritage Organisations and the Security Services. Our aim is to create independent learners, critical thinkers and decision-makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to higher education and/or the workplace

Who should I speak to if I need further information?

Mrs Roberts

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