The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

• Know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.

• Know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind.

• Gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry.’

• Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses.

• Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

• Gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts, understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales.


What is history?

The Romans in Britain

The Normans

How religious and tolerant were people in the Middle Ages?

What was life like in the Middle Ages?
Who ruled in the Middle Ages?

England at War in the Middle Ages

England abroad in the Middle Ages


How religious were Tudor Monarchs?

Tudor life

England at war – the civil war, Cromwell, restoration, end of the Stuarts – Glorious revolution

The French Revolution and Napoleon

The Industrial Revolution

The Victorians - religion, culture, schools, health, crime and punishment

The Empire and slavery


The Civil Rights Movement

The First World War including female suffrage movements

The Second World War and the role of Churchill

The Holocaust

The USA in the 20th century including the Cold War

Modern Britain and the Welfare State


What qualification will the course lead to? GCSE

Which Examination Board? Edexcel


In Year 10 students will start by studying Elizabethan England from Elizabeth I’s accession to the throne in 1558 up to the events of the Spanish Armada in 1588. They will explore themes of power, gender, empire and religion in an age of discovery and exploration at home and in the New World.

In the second unit students will investigate Crime and Punishment and explain how and why attitudes towards crime and punishment changed from the Anglo Saxon period to the modern day. They will discuss issues such as why women were accused of being witches, why criminals were sent to Australia and why the death penalty was abolished.

In Year 11 students will study Conflict in the Middle East from 1945-1995. They will begin by considering the factors behind the fall of the British mandate and then explore subsequent events including the Suez Crisis, 1967 Six Days War, the Yom Kippur War and the Oslo Accords. They will form opinions about the validity of claims to land in the Middle East and discuss efforts to bring peace to the region.

In the last unit on Weimar and Nazi Germany students will describe how Adolf Hitler created a dictatorship, how he used terror and fear to control people and Nazi policies in the lead up to World War Two. They will also look at the treatment of minority groups, such as the Jews, Gypsies and disabled people and investigate how the Churches reacted to Hitler’s policies.


Students will sit three exams in Year 11 – one on Crime and Punishment, one on Weimar and Nazi Germany and a combined exam on Elizabethan England and Conflict in the Middle East. The Crime and Punishment and Weimar and Nazi Germany exams each comprise 30% of the final mark, the Elizabethan England and Conflict in the Middle East combined exam provides 40% of the final grade. Altogether there are four units.