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KS3 Overview

In Years 7 and 8, students will study a broad spectrum of topics that focus on the development of Britain and its place in the wider world. These include:

  • Year 7
    • The Roman Empire
    • The Norman Conquest
    • Medieval Life
    • The Tudor Dynasty
    • The Stuart Dynasty and Civil War
  • Year 8
    • The Industrial Revolution (including a case study on Jack the Ripper)
    • The Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade
    • 20th Century conflicts (including World War I, and World War II)
    • The Cold War
    • Terrorism

Assessment in Key Stage 3 is completed by various means, including source assessment and essay skills. These are marked by class teachers to inform planning and progression.

The History Department VLE is full of materials to support the teaching and learning of History throughout the Academy.

KS4 Overview

In Years 9, 10 and 11, students will study more in-depth topics that build on the knowledge and skills taught at Key Stage 3. Students sit the OCR B (School History Project) specification. It allows them the opportunity to study at A-Level. This is a challenging course, and includes a heavy amount of reading and writing.

Course Overview

At GCSE, the students sit the following options:

  • Paper 1
    • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city
  • Paper 2
    • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88
    • Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
  • Paper 3
    • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39



Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Time allowed

1 hour 15 mins

1 hour 45 mins

1 hour 20 mins

Maximum marks

52 marks

64 marks

52 marks

%age of grade





Students wanting to study History will need to be confident in reading and writing and have an enthusiasm for the study of the past.

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