Studying History can help students develop their own identities through an understanding of History at personal, local, national and international levels. As they develop their understanding of the nature of historical study, students are encouraged to ask and answer important questions, evaluate evidence, identify and analyse different interpretations of the past, and learn to substantiate any arguments and judgments they make. As well as encouraging a mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, History prepares students for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized throughout life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to take part in a democratic society.
We teach History chronologically, thereby encouraging students to build a chronological framework of historical periods which will enable them to place new knowledge in its historical context as well as consider change and continuity within and across different periods of history. Our aim is for students to be able to:
Download the History Curriculum Map 2018 for detailed information on topics and homework requirements.
Key Stage 4 Options
Students on both the Traditional pathway must choose GCSE History or GCSE Geography and can also select either history or georgraphy as an additional option. Students on the Open pathway may choose either GCSE History or GCSE Geography from a range of options and can selelct either history or geography as an addtional option.
History is also available as 'Option Plus', with study taking place after school, once a week from April Year 9 - April Year 11.
Students on the Vocational pathway can choose to study GCSE History as one of their options.