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Key Stage 3

In Year 7, students can expect to cover a number of familiar topics, alongside some new and exciting ones. Students will begin by learning about becoming a historian: they will develop investigative skills, learn how to use historical evidence and then apply their new skills to challenging and engaging tasks in topics such as The Battle of Hastings, the Black Death, Henry VIII, Elizabeth I and the English Civil War.

When students reach Year 8, they can expect to continue utilising the skills they learnt in Year 7 in order to complete more challenging and complex tasks, whilst also developing new skills such as source analysis and interpretation of historical events. Students will apply these existing and new skills to studying topics such as Slavery, The Industrial Revolution and World War I. Students will also investigate the assassination of President Kennedy, and the murders of Jack the Ripper, as focused case studies.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9 students will begin studying for their GCSE History qualification following the Edexcel specification. Throughout Key Stage 4 students will develop extremely useful life skills which can be used in other areas of study or places of employment depending on their path after school. Such skills include development of English language reading and writing, working in teams, improving research skills, presenting ideas and arguments and increasing their knowledge of the world and their country.

Students will study the new Edexcel specification in History which allows students to study historical events in depth and put them into context looking at the long and short term effects of events. Pupils will be examined at the end of the course and will take 3 exams. Paper 1 (1 hour 15 minutes) consists of a thematic study of the historic environment and considers Medicine Through Time, it is worth 30% of the qualification. Paper 2 (1 hour 45 minutes), considers the impact of the Norman Conquest upon Anglo-Saxon Britain as well as the impact of European settlement in the American West, it is worth 40% of the qualification. Finally, Paper 3 (1 hour 20 minutes) considers a modern depth study, centred around Weimar and Nazi Germany, it is worth 30% of the qualification.

Topics covered over the course: Thematic study and historic environment: Medicine in Britain, c.1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front 1914-18

Period study: The American West, c1835-c1895

British depth study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

Modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Through completing the course, pupils will develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of key historical events and the human experience. Pupils will engage in historical enquiry and develop crucial skills for later life by becoming independent, reflective, and analytical learners. In addition, pupils will engage with significant source evidence and criticise the value and relevance of the information historians use to formulate judgements.

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