Year 9 History is a broad ranging course which is approached in a balanced way through the evaluation of historical evidence and specific areas of knowledge. In the first term students continue their exploration of the 18th and 19th centuries. The second term develops the global theme by evaluating the First World War including: the role of women and propaganda. The rest of the year is spent considering the emergence of Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe and a special investigation on the Holocaust.

Year 10/11 course description:

In Year 10, students will evaluate the outcomes of the First World War, how peace was established and then lost. Likewise, the policies of Mussolini’s Italy and Hitler’s Germany are examined in relation to the failure of the League and the outbreak of the Second World War. With the defeat of Hitler, students move on to consider the emergence of the Cold War 1945 to 1955.
In Year 11, students will explore how two countries responded to the social, economic and political issues of the inter-war years. The USA: Having entered the First World War, America opts for a policy of isolation. During this period, America experienced a period of boom, technological change, economic collapse and war. In contrast, students evaluate how Totalitarianism was established in Germany in 1933 after the failure of Weimer Democracy. In the summer term of Year 10 students will complete their controlled assessment.


Year 12/13 course description:

Students start their AS course in relatively familiar territory with the role of the USA in the Vietnam War. At the heart of this Unit is an analysis of American motives in relation to Vietnam at the height of the Cold War and what affect this had, not just on domestic opinion but on S-E Asia. Unit 2 is a complete change but, given events in the world today, provides students with an opportunity to explore European and Middle Eastern issues through the lens of the first four Crusades.


Unit 3 introduces students to the later Tudors and Elizabeth I. After establishing the nature of rule in England by 1558, the Unit considers the social, economic, religious and strategic issues which confronted Elizabeth I. Unit 4 is something the department has specialised in for many years. Students going on to Higher Education face many different styles of assessment, in particular, the dissertation. The Historical Enquiry is set within a module covering a 250 year period and which is taught. Students then research a topic of their choice within this period and produce a 3000 word dissertation.