Year 7 and 8

Year 7

  • Historical Skills: chronology, reliability, significance, using sources
  • Power and Control: the Battle of Hastings, the feudal system, Henry II and the murder of Becket
  • Religion and Faith: Medieval Religion, heaven and hell, the Tudors, and the Reformation
  • Revolution and Revolt: Causes of the Civil War and the execution of Charles I
  • Industry and Empire: the emergence of the British Empire and life in the Industrial Revolution

Year 8

In Year 8 we take a more in-depth look at issues across the first half of the 20th Century.
Students begin with a short introductory module on the Titanic followed by:

  • War and Peace: Causes of World War I, life in the trenches,  and the Battle of the Somme. In addition, students will gain a strong awareness of the development of warfare and how that caused different experiences for those living through the wars. Finally, students will study the attempts to make peace post-war.
  • The Roaring Twenties? : A thematic module on life in America in the 1920s, focusing on life for black Americans and immigrants, and organised crime in the Prohibition Era.
  • World War II: A study of World War II, including the origins of the conflict traced back across the previous two decades, blitzkrieg, rationing, the Battle of Britain, D-Day and the development of the atomic bomb.




Course outline

The GCSE course has four main elements:

  • Germany 1890-1945, which looks at the power of the Kaiser, World War I, the chaos of the inter-war years and the rise and fall of the Nazi party.
  • Medicine Through Time, a thematic study of the development of medicine from the medieval period to the present day.
  • The Cold War 1945-1972, looking at key flashpoints of the Cold War era such as the Cuban Missile Crisis, the space race and uprisings in Hungary and Czechoslovakia.
  • The Norman Conquest, which looks in depth at the impact and legacy of William the Conqueror’s invasion of England in 1066.

Assessment details

There are two final exam papers:

  • Paper One is based on the two ‘modern’ topics, and contains ten questions worth between four and twenty marks each.
  • Paper Two, there are a total of eight questions, worth between eight and twenty marks. Most answers require a few sentences but there is also an essay question.

In each paper, both source skills and subject knowledge are required. Both papers are 1 hour 45 minutes.

Additional information

For history lessons you will need to bring your standard equipment to every lesson.
History is an extremely highly regarded subject by many further education institutions and employers. It teaches a broad range of skills, including analysing evidence, justifying points and clear, structured extended writing. History also gives you a fantastic understanding of how the current world was shaped by significant events in the past. A study of history and the additional skills it provides is a superb way to develop transferable skills that can prove invaluable in almost any profession.

January 2019


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