Department Leader: Dan Prudden

“The past causes the present, and so the future.”

History helps us understand change and how the society we live in came to be. It also helps understand what has caused mistakes in the past so as a society we can try to prevent such actions happening again. At KBA students look at historical societies from Prehistoric Man to modern times and become equipped with a range of skills that are transferable and highly valued by employers and make any student a good prospect. For example:

  • Asking questions
  • Making Judgements
  • Problem solving
  • Report writing skills
  • Critical analysis
  • Your ability to communicate: both spoken and written.
  • Logical thought processes
  • Understanding people

Students who study History can progress into the following careers: Law, journalism, broadcasting, civil service, teaching, police, publishing, personnel work, banking, management, social work, insurance, accountancy and nursing. These are just a selection of careers History empowers students to access a future in.

Year 7:

·       Invaders & Settlers (Romans, Vikings and the Norman Conquest in 1066)

·       Norman England

·       The power of the church and the crown in the Middle Ages

·       Life in the Middle Ages

·       Tudor & Elizabethan England

Year 8:

·       The causes of the English Civil War 1603-1649

·       Stuart Revolutions 1649-1714

·       Industry, Empire & Slavery

·       The end of the Edwardian Age

·       World War 1 experiences

·       Life in Nazi Germany (including the Holocaust)


What will you do?:

·       Discussions and debates on different historical issues

·       Reading and researching around different topics

·       Graded tasks with given success criteria e.g. essay writing, individual/group presentations, role-play, debates

·       Practice exam technique by looking at exam questions


Who is the course for?:

·       Anyone who loves finding out about the past and gets a ‘buzz’ when learning about people and societies in the past!

·       Someone who is prepared to do a lot of reading and writing in their lessons!

·       Anyone who likes to argue their opinion and persuade people what they should believe!


Paper 1 – Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Paper 2 – Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Paper 3 – Written examination: 1 hours and 20 minutes.



Recommended resource:

New GCSE History Edexcel Revision Guide - For the Grade 9-1 Course by CGP books

ISBN-13: 9781782946052

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