Students gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. Studying history inspires curiosity to know more about the past. Students are encouraged to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Topics include:

  • The Romans
  • Medieval England
  • Islamic Civilisations


  • The Tudors
  • The English Civil War
  • Black Peoples of the Americas – slavery and civil rights


  • Causes of World War 1
  • World War 1
  • Hitler’s rise to power
  • Causes of World War 2
  • World War 2


  • America 1920-73
  • Conflict and Tension 1918-39


  • Norman England 1066-1100
  • Power and the People Britain 1100-present day


  • The Early Tudors 1485-1558
  • Germany: Democracies and Dictatorships 1919-63


  • Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964
  • Historical Enquiry (3000-4000 words)

Exam Boards

Key Stage Course Exam Board
4 Paper 1: America and Conflict and Tension AQA
4 Paper 2: Norman England and the Power and the People AQA
5 The Early Tudors 1485-1558 OCR
5 Germany: Democracies and Dictatorships 1919-63 OCR
5 Russia and its rulers 1855-1964 OCR