Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 History you will study a number of units which are both interesting and challenging.

In Year 7 you will start the year by studying a unit designed to develop your historical skills

In Year 8 you start the year by looking at the reign of the Stuart Monarchs. You will then move onto looking at the History of slavery, the British Empire and finally a local study looking at industrialisation.

In Year 9 you will be studying the key wars of the twentieth century, comparing their causes. You will then move onto studying what it was like to fight in World War I and live during World War II. The course will then move onto the key events of World War II with an in-depth study of the Holocaust. Additionally you will study the causes and main events of the Cold War.

Once you have completed the first unit you will look at the history of China. This will link with your earlier work in Geography.

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    Students are likely to study:

    • Medicine in Britain 1250 – Present
    • Medicine on the Western Front  1914 - 1918
    • The American West 1835 - 1895
    • Germany 1918 - 1939

    Students will also study one of the following British units:

    • Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-1088
    • Henry VIII and his ministers 1509-1540
    • Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588

    This decision will be made later as publishers confirm the resources available to teach these.


    Medicine Britain 1250 - Present

    This will cover the reasons for and results of key medical discoveries during these dates.

    Students will also study how treatments have changed over these years in addition to our understanding of the causes of illness.

    Medicine on the Western front

    This will cover the trench system and types of wounds facing medical teams at this time.

    Students will also study the positive and negative impact war had on the development of medicine.

    The American West

    This will cover the lifestyle of the Plains Indians and the reason for conflict between these and White Americans.

    Students will also study cattle ranching, law and order and the Homesteaders.

    Germany 1918 - 1939

    This will cover post war Germany including the Treaty of Versailles and the ’Golden Years’ of the 1920s.

    Students will also study the rise of the Nazis and life under Nazi rule.


    The content will depend on the unit taught.


    Students take 3 exams at the end of Year 11

    Paper 1 - 1 hour 15 minutes

    Paper 2 - 1 hour 45 minutes

    Paper 3 - 1 hour 20 minutes

    The government changes to GCSE History means that there is now no controlled assessment or coursework


    Homework will be of a variety of types over the year. Exam questions will be used as frequently as possible to prepare students for the final exam 

    Homework will, in general be set weekly. Students will be expected to read their class notes regularly even when specific homework is not set.   


    The course gives students the ability to:

    • Investigate historical events, changes, people and issues.
    • Understand how the past has been represented and interpreted.
    • Use historical sources critically.
    • Draw conclusions and reassess other historical conclusions.
    • Analyse interpretation of people and events.


    A qualification in History shows an employer that a student has developed certain skills which can be used in a variety of jobs and tasks. These skills include the ability to:

    Observe - Pick out the important elements of information from a variety of formats.

    Describe - Communicate observations both orally and in writing.

    Question - Clarify and provide more detailed observations.

    Analyse - Carefully consider observations.

    Evaluate - Make a judgement based on investigations.

    Many careers demand these skills. A very small selection is: accountancy administration, the armed forces, business management, journalism, law, local government, the media, police,tourism, teaching and many others.

    History A Level is also one of the ‘facilitating subjects’ for the esteemed Russell Group of universities.