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“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” - Theodore Roosevelt

Overview of the Subject

History entices curiosity about the past and develops a multitude of soft skills which will help pupils in later life. It gives young people the ability to develop an analytical and questioning nature through the validation and interpretation of sources. History improves written and verbal communication skills through the use of essays and debate, which puts them in good stead for higher education and/ or future job prospects.



In Key Stage 3, all pupils are taught about the History of our British Isles, from the ‘Dark ages’ through to WW2. They learn about the significance of our Kings and Queens, as well as the trials and tribulations faced by our ancestors.

Pupils have the opportunity to partake in independent projects and develop their interpretation skills, equipping them for the wider world of the Internet and encouraging them not to take everything they see and hear at face value. They study topics such as crime and punishment, girl power and the power of our monarchs through time.

KS3 Curriculum Overview


History is an optional GCSE subjects for all pupils. Pupils study the GCSE course from Year 9 with all examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. The topics for study are as follows:

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000 to present
  • British America 1713-83: empire and revolution
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad


How will I be assessed?

Paper 1-British Thematic Study with Historic Environment

52 marks, 30% weighting, 1h15min examination

Thematic study: Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 to present (20%)

Historic Environment: Whitechapel c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

Paper 2- Period Study and British Depth Study

64 marks, 40% weighting, 1h45min examination

Period Study: British America 1713-83: empire and revolution (20%)

British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 (20%)

Paper 3-Modern Depth Study

52 marks, 30% weighting, 1h20min examination

The USA, 1954-75: conflict at home and abroad

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