Teachers: Mrs L Derbyshire (Curriculum Lead for Humanities), Mr D James, Miss R Rose.
Students follow a balanced curriculum of British and World history with a mixture of depth and breadth. The aim is to develop skills in enquiry, analysis and evaluation whilst fostering enjoyment and engagement. Topics include the Norman Conquest, Transatlantic Slave Trade, British Empire, the campaign for Female Suffrage, the First World War and Who are the British?
Edexcel Examination Board
Paper 1: Thematic study with historical environment - Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present, with Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study - Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 and Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 1588.
Paper 3: Modern depth study - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39.
In line with the changes to Advanced Level from September 2015, the History Department offers a new course with the Edexcel examination board. The course contains elements of breadth and depth, covers both modern and early modern periods and includes both British and world history. We believe that students will find the course to be stimulating, engaging and enjoyable; preparing them fully for either further study within Higher Education or employment.
Students will be able to choose whether to complete the AS qualification in one year or the A-Level qualification over two years.
In Year 12 we offer a choice of 2 pathways – modern and early modern History
Early-modern: Paper 1: England, 1509–1603: authority, nation and religion; Paper 2: Luther and the German Reformation, c1515–55
Modern: Paper 1: Britain transformed, 1918–97; Paper 2: The USA, 1955–92: conformity and challenge
In Year 13, all History students follow the same study programme, designed to provide a breadth of knowledge overall
Paper 3: Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, c1780–1939
Coursework: Interpretations of the reasons for the ending of the Cold War (1945-91)