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

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 by studying 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. Students will look at what William’s changes meant for the people of England. They will then study the importance of religion in England during the Middle Ages and how much control the Church had. 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. Students will then study Tudor Life and look at what life was like for ordinary people. Finally, a study of the Native Americans will begin to introduce students to the concept of empire.

Year 8:

Students will begin by studying the Tudors with Henry VIII’s break from Rome, and then look at how 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. Students will then move on to the English Civil war of 1642 where they will analyse the political, economic and religious causes of the war and then course of the war. Students will also study change under Oliver Cromwell and then the Restoration period up to 1688. Students then learn about the beginnings of the British Empire and the positive and negative consequences. This will lead onto a study of the slave trade and the abolition of the Slave Trade. Students will then learn about the causes and consequences of the Industrial Revolution in changing Britain before studying the Suffrage movement and analyse the reasons for women gaining the vote in 1918.

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 battles such as the Battle of the Somme. 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 life in Nazi Germany for various groups including Nazi discrimination of the Jews and the Holocaust. After Easter students start their GCSE studies. Students who choose not to study History will follow the same scheme of learning.


Year 7-9

C: Select and explain causes or consequences

(12 marker)

S: Explain the significance of different events/factors

(16 marker)

CC: Explain examples of change and continuity (4 markers)

SD: Explain examples of similarity and difference

(4 marker)

I: Describe and explain different interpretations. (4 marker)

U: Make judgements about the usefulness of evidence

(8 mark utility Q)

N create a narrative account of a key events (8 marks)

INF: Make supported inferences from the content of sources. (4 mark)

For further information/clarification about KS3 History please contact Miss A. Holland

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