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 the Middle Ages 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:

Year 8:

Year 9


Recommended resources:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany Revision Guide and Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292169736
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Medicine in Britain Revision Guide and Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292169729
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Early Elizabethan England Revision Guide and Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292169712
Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Superpower relations and the Cold War Revision Guide and Workbook ISBN-13: 978-1292169750

Useful websites and links:

Unit 2 (Elizabeth)

Unit 2 (Cold War)

Unit 3 (Germany)


GCSE History is a writing based subject, requiring skills of analysis, evaluation, and interpretation.

Students will learn through rigorous practising of essay and source analysis skills.

Course information:

Exam board: Edexcel






Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and the British sector of the Western Front 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches 30% of total qualification


Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88 20% of total qualification


Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91 20% of total qualification


Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39 30% of total qualification

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.

GCSE History is assessed through four assessment objectives:

  • AO1: Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied (35%).
  • AO2: Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using secondorder1 historical concepts (35%).
  • AO3: Analyse, evaluate and use sources (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied (15%).
  • AO4: Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events studied (15%).


For further information/clarification about this course please contact Mr D Prudden

Revision papers

Key Stage 3 History prepares students for the demands of the UL end of year tests and for the rigours of GCSE study. Students will learn a wide range of knowledge and build and develop their historical skills such as the analysis of sources and interpretations and making substantiated judgements.

Course information:

Year 7:
Students will begin their study of the medieval world by finding out what Medieval Baghdad reveals about the Muslim world around the year 1000. They will then explore the events of the Norman Conquest of 1066 and the reasons for William’s victory at the Battle of Hastings. A topic on Norman control will show how William the Conqueror was able to effectively keep control of England and its people and how England changed under the Normans. They will then study the importance of religion in England during the Middle Ages and how much control the Church had in all aspects of life. A study of medieval medicine will focus primarily on the Black Death and its consequences in England. Following on from the Black Death, students will look at three case studies of medieval kings and the challenges they faced in maintaining their power. Students will then find out what Mansa Musa’s life reveals about the Mali Empire in the 16th century. Finally, students will find out how life changed during the Renaissance by considering how ideas, inventions and events led to change. 

Year 8:
Students will begin by exploring the Reformation across Europe and the reasons why Henry VIII broke with the Catholic Church. Students will then analyse how and why Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I changed the course of religion in England. They will then study key aspects of the reign of Elizabeth I including her Religious Settlement and conflict with Spain. Students will then move on to understand the political, economic and religious causes of the English Civil war of 1642. We will look at how the Civil War ended, including a local study of the Battle of Naseby. Students will also study the changes made under Oliver Cromwell and then the Restoration period up to 1688. Students will then study the British Empire and its impact on the world. This will lead onto a study of the transatlantic slave trade and the abolition of slavery. Students will explore local links with the Kettering abolitionist William Knibb. Students will then learn about the causes of the Industrial Revolution and how it changed the face of Britain.

Year 9:
Students will begin by studying the complex causes of World War One, including imperialism, the alliance system and militarism and other short-term causes. Students will then look at life in the trenches including key events such as the Battle of the Somme. Students will then find out how and why women gained the right to vote in 1918 by considering the actions of the Suffrage movements and the impact of World War One. Students will go on to study the end of World War One and the consequences such as the Treaty of Versailles in 1919 and the lasting significance this had on 20th century history. Having studied the causes of World War One, students will also study the causes of World War Two before focussing on how the persecution of Jews intensified in Nazi Germany and who was responsible for the Final Solution. After Easter students start their GCSE studies. Students who choose not to study History will follow the same scheme of learning.



C: Identify and explain causes or consequences

S: Explain the significance of different events/factors

CC: Explain examples of change and continuity and make a judgement about the extent of change

SD: Explain examples of similarity and difference

I: Analyse the differences between interpretations and support views with own knowledge.

U: Make judgements about the usefulness of historical sources

N: Produce a historical narrative account of a key events

INF: Make supported inferences from historical sources

For further information/clarification about KS3 History please contact Mr D Prudden.

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