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Subject Leader: Miss S Costello


GCSE History

Exam Board: OCR History B (until 2021)
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


GCSE History

Exam Board: Edexcel (Starting September 2019)
Level: 2

Course Overview

Pupils study the GCSE course from Year 9 with all examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. Our British Thematic Study with Historic Environment is Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 to present. This has a 30% weighting.  Our British Depth Study is Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 with Superpower relations and the Cold War,1941–91 as our period study. This holds a 40% weighting. Our Modern Depth Study is Nazi Germany, 1918–1939 with a 30% weighting.

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 with Ancient Civilisations
Term 2: Anglo Saxons and The Norman Conquest
Term 3: Religious and monarchical power in Medieval England
Term 4: Life in Medieval England
Term 5: The Tudors
Term 6: The Stuarts

Year 8

Term 1: Industry and Empire
Term 2: Crime and Punishment through the Ages
Term 3: World War One
Term 4: Weimar and Nazi Germany
Term 5: World War Two
Term 6:Changing Warfare; Medieval to Present Day

Year 9

Term 1: Overview of Cold War crises
Term 2: Industrial England and Jack the Ripper
Term 3: Paper 1 Crime and punishment in medieval and early modern England
Term 4: Paper 1: Crime and punishment in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain
Term 5: Paper 1Crime and punishment in modern Britain
Term 6: Paper 1 Whitechapel case study 

Year 10

Term 1: Paper 2 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
Term 2: Paper 2 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88
Term 3: Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Term 4: Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Term 5: Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39
Term 6:  Revision carousel workshops and exam technique

Year 11

Term 1: Paper 2 Superpower relations and the Cold War,1941–91
Term 2: Paper 2 Superpower relations and the Cold War,1941–91
Term 3: Paper 1 Revision
Term 4: Paper 2 Revision
Term 5: Paper 3 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

Edexcel History


Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

The Crusades by J. Phillips.

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) History B: Schools History Project

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Revision Guide for each topic

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 Thursday after school.
  • Catch up sessions also take place at lunchtimes throughout the year.
  • History Club will run 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.