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Subject Leader: Miss S Costello


GCSE History

Exam Board: OCR History B
Level: 2

Course Overview

Students study five different topics which are worth 20% each of the overall course. These topics are ‘The People’s Health 1250 to Present’, ‘The Norman Conquest 1065-87’, ‘The Making of America 1789-1900’ and ‘Living Under Nazi Rule 1933-45’. The final topic is a study of a local historic site where students will visit dover Castle as part of their ‘History Around Us’ topic.

Assessment: 100% examination


Advanced Level History (A2)

Exam Board: AQA
Level: 3

Course Overview

The department offers A Level history over a two year course. The topics studied are English Revolution 1625-1660, The Age of the Crusades 1071-1204 and a personal study (Historical Investigation) based on a topic of the student’s choice.  Pupils complete an historical investigation (3000-3500 word essay), which is worth 20% of the final award.

Assessment: 80% examination, 20% coursework. 

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1: The skills needed to be an historian
Term 2: The Norman Conquest
Term 3: life in Medieval England
Term 4: Power in Medieval England
Term 5: The Black Death and the Peasant’s Revolt
Term 6: Health and Medicine through time

Year 8

Term 1: The Tudors
Term 2: The English Civil War
Term 3: Slavery
Term 4: Industrial Revolution
Term 5: Civil Rights Movement
Term 6: Suffrage Movement

Year 9

Term 1: Europe c.1900-c.1945
Term 2: Peoples Health Overview
Term 3: Norman Conquest Overview
Term 4: Dover Castle Enquiry
Term 5: Making of America Overview
Term 6: Life under Nazi rule Overview

Year 10

Term 1: Peoples Health 1250-Present Day
Term 2: Peoples Health 1250-Present Day
Term 3: Norman Conquest 1065-87
Term 4: Norman Conquest 1065-87
Term 5: History Around Us- Dover Castle
Term 6: History Around Us- Dover Castle

Year 11

Term 1: Living Under Nazi Rule 1933-45
Term 2: Living Under Nazi Rule 1933-45
Term 3: Making of America 1779-1900
Term 4: Making of America 1779-1900
Term 5: Revision
Term 6: GCSE examinations

Sixth Form Provision

AQA Advanced Level (A2) History

Module 1A – The Crusades.
Candidates will study the first, second, third and fourth Crusades focusing on their causes, the events of each Crusades and the outcomes of each Crusade.

Module 2E – English Revolution 1625-1660.
Candidates will study England during the time of Civil War. From the legacy to James I to Oliver Cromwell’s rule.

Module 3 – Historical Investigation (personal study)
The study of significant historical developments over a period of around 100 years and associated interpretations.


Useful Website Links

BBC History

OCR History

AQA History

BBC Bitesize History


Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

The Crusades by J. Phillips.

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

  • A-Level OSL runs from January until June and takes place every Tuesday after school.
  • GCSE History OSL runs from September until June and takes place every Wednesday and Thursday after school.
  • Catch up sessions also take place at lunchtimes throughout the year.
  • History Club runs every Tuesday at lunch time.
  • Key Stage 3 trips run to Dover Castle with the possibility of an overseas trip.
  • Key Stage 4 students visit sites relevant to their local history study, as well as sites relevant to their study.
  • Key Stage 5 students go to conferences in London and have expert led sessions in school.