Year 7 Topics


What is History?

The Roman Empire

The Norman Conquest: Why do people risk their lives for war?

The Middle Ages: Are our lives better today than they were in the Middle Ages?

The Reformation: How important was the split in the Catholic Church?

The Renaissance: Was the Renaissance really so important?


Year 8 Topics

Elizabethan England: Was Elizabeth's reign a Golden Age?

The Industrial Revolution: Ordinary life, what did the Industrial Revolution do for us?

The British Empire: Interpretations, the good, the bad and the ugly.

World War One: What was the reality of World War One?

The Holocaust: Is it right to make a comedy of the Holocaust?

Civil Rights: How have people campaigned for Civil Rights?

GCSE: Edexcel

Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historical Environment

52 marks             

30% weighing                   

1 hour 15 minutes

Thematic Study (20%) Medicine in Britain 1250 to present

Historical Environment (10%) The British Sector of the Western Front; injuries, treatment and the trenches

Paper 2 – Period Study and British Depth Study

64 marks

40% weighting

1 hour and 45 minutes

Period  Study (20%) The American West 1835 – 1895

British Depth Study  (20%) Early Elizabethan England 1558 – 88

Paper 3 -  Modern Depth Study

52 marks 

30% weighting 

1 hour 20 minutes

Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 39

A – Level: Edexcel

Paper 1: 1E: Russia, 1917-91: from Lenin to Yeltsin 30%

Paper 2: 2E.1: Mao’s China, 1949-76 20%

Paper 3: 36.1: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780-1928 30%

Coursework Enquiry: 20%


Students work is assessed informally each lesson. Students are assessed formally at the end of each unit, ranging from role plays to written examinations; this data is an important part of helping the students to succeed.  All students are aware of their current grades and will be informed of the necessary steps needed to make progress through assessment feedback lessons.


Homework is set each week and the students are expected to spend at least 20 minutes at home completing their homework.  The nature of homework tasks vary each week depending upon the topic being studied and the activities planned within the school curriculum.