History is an exciting and highly academic subject which develops skills of analysis, empathy, debate and scholarship.
At Key Stage 3 students study Medieval Realms, History of childhood, Britain 1500-1900, The History of the Black Peoples of America, World War One, The Holocaust and Migration. History is delivered using a variety of activities including source analysis, roleplay group projects and independent learning assignments. At Key stage 4 students study the O.C.R. History A: Schools History Project syllabus; 25% controlled assessment and 75% examinations, taken at the end of Year 11.
Our AS and A-level History qualifications through the AQA exam board have been designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. Our qualifications will help them to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics available to them throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed as AS and A-level historians and beyond.
Our AS not only provides a strong stand-alone qualification, it is also co-taught with the A-level.
- Content for the AS and the first year of the A-level is identical
- The skills required for AS questions are closely linked to those in A-level questions
- We clearly teach the skills and techniques that we expect students to display at AS and A-level
Component 1 – Breadth Study - 1K The making of a Superpower: USA, 1865–1975, 40% of A Level
This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
- How did government, political authority and political parties change and develop?
- In what ways did the economy and society of the USA change and develop?
- How did the role of the USA in world affairs change?
- How important were ideas and ideology?
- How united was the USA during this period?
- How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?
Students study from the era of post-Civil War Reconstruction and the Gilded Age to Populism, progressivism and imperialism, 1890–1920 in the first year (AS). In the second year (A Level only) students study the Crisis of identity, 1920–1945 to the US as The Superpower, 1945–1975.
Component 2 – Depth Study - 2A Royal Authority and the Angevin Kings, 40% of A Level
This option provides for the study in depth of a period of turbulence in British history, during which the authority of the monarch was questioned and the relationship between Church, State and the baronage was readjusted. It develops concepts such as authority, dynastic ambition and rebellion and encourages students to reflect on issues such as territorial integrity and what makes a ‘state’.
Students study in the first year (AS) the Reign of Henry II, 1154–1189 from The Restoration of Royal Authority, 1154–1166 to the Struggle for Royal Authority, 1174–1189. In the second year (A Level only) students study from Richard I, 1189–1199 to the End of John's reign, 1214–1216.
Component 3 – Historical Investigation, China and Japan 1100-2000, 20% of A Level
A piece of coursework supported by tuition and expertise in the area the study and development of which takes place in the A Level year. Students choose a topic from an aspect of Chinese or Japanese History across a broad span of nearly nine hundred years. It begins with a short introductory course, at the end of the AS year, to explore some of the big themes in Asia’s turbulent and violent past, students then pick a topic of interest to be studied in the 2nd year at A Level. This results in an extended essay between 3,000 and 3,500 words in length, the essay must compare change and continuity across a period of at least 100 years, or discuss the relative significance of events and personalities. Students also have to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of two primary sources in their essay.