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The ethos within the department is of course heavily influenced by the overall ethos of the school. We openly promote academic achievement and want our pupils to achieve to the best of their ability. We also strive to support our pupils in their studies at all times. We have worked very hard to develop and promote a friendly and approachable character to the department as a whole, where our pupils enjoy the study of our subject, no matter how long they study it for. We feel that this has been one of our major successes. We also do our best to promote enjoyment of our subject; we try to pass on an appreciation for why history is such a valuable subject and we try to foster a life-long interest in History amongst our pupils.



Our theme for Years 8 & 9 is 'Significant People from History,' and in Year 10, 'Significant Events from the Twentieth Century.'

We look at key historical periods, developments and events through a study of the lives and actions of key individuals. We occasionally also collapse our Key Stage Three provision to cover significant historical events as relevant such in 2012 all classes in Years 8-10 undertook a unit of work on Titanic to mark the centenary.

Our current provision includes:

Year 8:

  • What is History?

  • Time Capsule project

  • Tutankhamun

  • Julius Caesar

  • William the Conqueror

Year 9:

  • Martin Luther

  • Henry VIII

  • Mary Queen of Scots

  • Witchcraft

  • Native American Indians

Year 10:

  • Causes of World War One

  • The Battle of the Somme

  • Aspects of World War Two

  • The Holocaust

  • The Atomic Bombs

  • The 1960's


Pupils will complete three units from the CCEA Examination Board. Additional materials including full specifications, assessment objectives, past papers and mark schemes are available at

Unit 1:

Studies in Depth (worth 50% of GCSE)
Externally assessed written exam
1 hour 45 minutes

United States of America

  • USA and the World 1918-1929

  • Minority Groups in the USA

  • Popular Entertainment and Social Change

  • Prohibition

  • The Wall Street Crash

  • The Effects of the Wall Street Crash

Changing Relationships:
Britain, Northern Ireland and Ireland 1965-1985

  • Northern Ireland in the 1960s

  • The Troubles

  • Search for a Solution to Northern Ireland's Troubles

  • The Peace Process in the 1990’s

Unit 2:

Outline Study (worth 25% of GCSE)
Externally assessed written exam
1 hour 15 minutes


The Cold War And International Relations

Topics such as:

  • Korean War

  • Cuban Missile Crisis

  • Vietnam War

  • Events in Eastern Europe in the 1980’s

  • The end of the cold war

  • The War on Terror


Pupils will complete two modules from the CCEA Examination Board. Exams will be taken in the May / June of the lower sixth year.

Russia 1903-1941 (worth 50% of AS and 20% of A Level)

  • Causes and consequences of the 1905 Revolution

  • Lenin & Revolution 1917-1924

  • Stalin & Revolution 1924-1941

Germany 1918 – 1945 (worth 50% of AS and 20% of A Level)

  • The Weimar Republic & the Rise of the Nazi Party 1918-1933

  • Nazi Germany 1933-1945


Pupils will complete the following two modules in May/June of Year 14.

The American Presidency 1901-2000 (20 % of A Level)

A study of how the US Presidency has changed over the course of the twentieth century through the study of all the Presidents and their lives and times, from Theodore Roosevelt to Bill Clinton.

Partition of Ireland 1900-1925 (40% of A Level)

  • Main developments of the Third Home Rule crisis of 1912-1914

  • The impact of the First World War on Irish politics;

  • The reasons for and assessment of the significance of the

  • Easter Rising of 1916;

  • The General Election of December 1918: reasons for the defeat of the IPP & the rise of Sinn Fein

  • The Government of Ireland Act of 1920: aims and assessment;

  • The Anglo-Irish War of 1919-1921:

  • The Anglo-Irish Treaty of 1921

  • Civil war 1922-23

  • Northern Ireland in the early 1920s

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