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The Team 2019-20

  • Mrs Laura Jackson - Director of Learning
  • Mr Daryl Taylor
  • Mr Dan Biddle - KMT                                                                          


Key Stage 4

Edexcel GCSE History (9-1)   Code: 1HIO

GCSE History is a fascinating course, which offers students the opportunity to study a range of topics with a particular emphasis on 20th century History.

It also develops skills that will be useful for future careers. These skills include: careful factual research, interpreting different types of documents from cartoons to poems, to newspaper articles; constructing sensible and logical arguments. Ultimately, students will be able to make balanced judgements and weigh up different viewpoints to give their own interpretation of events in the past.  A love of reading and writing is essential to get the most from the course the exam board is Edexcel and all marks toward the final grade is exam based.

Unit 1 - Thematic Study
  • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present
  • Historic environment: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment & the trenches
Unit 2 - Period Study

Superpower Relations & the Cold War, 1941-1991 includes:

  • The origins of the Cold War, 1941-1958
  • Cold War Crises, 1958-1970
  • The end of the Cold War, 1970-1991


Unit 2 - Depth Study

Henry VIII & his ministers, 1509-1540 includes:

  • Henry VIII & Wolsey, 1509-1529
  • Henry VIII & Cromwell, 1529-1540
  • The Reformation and its impact, 1529-1540


Unit 3 - Modern Depth Study

The USA, 1954-1975: conflict at home & abroad includes:

  • The development of the civil rights movement, 1954-1960
  • Protest, progress & radicalisation, 1960-1975
  • US involvement in the Vietnam War, 1954-1975
  • Reactions to, and the end of, US involvement in Vietnam, 1964-1975


Key Stage 5

OCR A-Level GCE History A H505

“History is written backwards, but lived forwards.”  Madeleine Albright  

 For A-Levelthe exam board is OCR and there are 3 exams and 1 piece of coursework                     

Entry Requirements

It is a two year course and the content below is flexible in terms of other historical topics that can be studied depending on the students opting for it.

Students should have a Grade 6 or above in GCSE History or if you have not taken GCSE History then a Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language or GCSE English Literature is advisable.

Course Information and Assessment

Unit 1 (25% of overall grade) - British period study & enquiry

Britain 1900-1951 enquiry topic - England & a new century c.1900-1918 includes:

  • Political issues 1900-1914
  • Social issues 1900-1918
  • Britain at war 1914-1918
  • British period study
  • Britain c.1918-1951
  • Includes
  • British politics 1918-1929
  • British domestic politics 1929-1939
  • Economic issues 1918-1939
  • Domestic politics 1940-1951


Unit 2  (15% of overall grade) Non-British period study

The Cold War in Asia, 1945-1993 includes:

  • Western policies in Post War Asia, 1945-1979
  • The Korean War 1950-1953 & its impact up to 1977
  • Indochina 1945-1967
  • Wars in Vietnam & Cambodia #, 1968-1993


Unit 3 (40% of overall grade) Thematic study & historical interpretations

Rebellion & disorder under the Tudors 1485-1603 includes:

  • Main causes of rebellion & disorder
  • The frequency & nature of disturbances
  • The impact of disturbances upon Tudor governments
  • The maintenance of political stability
  • Depth Studies:
  • Pilgrimage of Grace
  • The Western rebellion
  • Tyrone’s Rebellion


Unit 4 (20% of overall grade) Coursework

Topic based essay on a subject chosen by the student.

Length of essay must be between 3000-4000 words.

Future Pathways

Students mostly go onto University to study History, History and Politics, International Relations, English and History joint honours and History and Film Studies.