History Curriculum 7-11


In Year 7 students initially study the Year 7 Skills unit entitled ‘All About Me’. They undertake independent research about their own family history and they relate this to their place in the History of Britain and the settlers to Britain. They then study the Norman Conquest including: The Battle of Hastings and they develop an understanding of the methods by which William the Conqueror kept control using the Feudal System, the Domesday Book and Castles. They then look at Religion during the Medieval period and the relationship between the church and the crown.  They study the differences between life in Medieval towns and villages and investigate the impact of the Black Death and the Peasants Revolt along with the significance of the Magna Carta.  They then study an overview of the Renaissance and Reformation before focussing on the Tudor period and the reigns of the Tudor monarchs. They finish the year by studying the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell and they compare the changing role of the monarchy and parliament to the current political situation in Britain and Europe today.


Year 8 students initially study the Transatlantic slave trade which included it’s origins, the Middle Passage journey, slave auctions, life on the plantations. Culture and diversity are addressed as is the abolition of slavery and the continuing issue of Empire and colonisation. Students go on to study life in Victorian Britain and the impact of the Industrial Revolution. They then go in to study the fight for equality with a focus on the Civil Rights Movement in the USA and the campaign for suffrage in Britain. The final term is spent learning about the significance of the two World Wars and the Holocaust.

Year 9 students begin their GCSE unit on Britain: Health and the People which is a thematic unit covering the pace and scale of medical development over time and addressing progress, key factors which have influenced medical developments and the significance of key individuals and events.   They then go on to study a depth unit on Elizabeth 1 and this includes an evidence based historical enquiry.

Year 10 students start the year by completing the unit on Elizabethan England and then go on to study America between 1920 and 1973 with a focus on equality and opportunity. This includes work on the economic ‘boom and bust’, the impact of Prohibition, organised crime and the changing role of women along with the Civil Rights campaign.

Year 11 students are currently finishing the old AQA specification which involved units on Medicine Through time, Elizabethan England and a Controlled Assessment unit on Bodiam Castle.  In future Year 1 students will be studying a unit on world conflict.

A Level History

Entry Requirements

Students will be required to have obtained a Grade C or above at English GCSE, and a Grade B or above in GCSE History.

What is A Level History?

History A Level includes the study of both British and World History. It covers a variety of historical skills and allows for an in depth study of historical evidence and interpretation.

What will I study?

  • - The Tudors: England, 1485 – 1603
  • - Democracy and Nazism: Germany, 1918 – 1945
  • - Historical Investigation


  • Breadth Study – 40%
  • Depth Study – 40%
  • Historical Investigation – 20% 


Where will it lead?

A good A Level grade in History can enable a student to enter a History degree course at most universities, opening up a wide range of career opportunities. History is widely regarded as a good qualification with many transferable skills leading to careers in law, teaching, journalism, charity work, administration and banking and many others