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Department: History

Head of department: Ms C Wilkinson

If you wish to learn more about the curriculum, please contact the head of Department by email:

Curriculum Content

Years 7-9

Year 7 Topics

Year 8 Topics

Year 9 Topics

  • The Romans & Medieval Realms 1060-1485
  • Were the Romans really civilised?
  • Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
  • How did the Normans change England?
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants Revolt
  • The Making of the UK & Britain 1750-1900
  • Was Henry VIII really Catholic or Protestant?
  • Did Mary Tudor deserve to be called “Bloody Mary”?
  • Was Elizabeth a great ruler?
  • What caused the English Civil War?
  • How did Britain change during the Industrial Revolution?
  • The Slave Trade
  • The Twentieth Century World
  • WWI: Causes and experiences
  • How did Women get the vote?
  • The Rise of the Dictators
  • The Holocaust
  • WW2
  • The Cold War

GCSE Y10-11

Exam Board: AQA (from September 2016)

Exam board specification 8145


Year 10 Topics

Year 11 Topics

  • American 1920-1973: Opportunity and Inequality
  • Conflict and Tension Between East and West 1945-72
  • Health and the People c1000-Present Day
  • Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

A Level Y12-13

Exam Board: OCR

Exam Board specification Weblink:

Year 12 Topics

Year 13 Topics

  • Unit 1 Y113 Britain 1930-1997
  •  Unit 2 Y203 The Crusades and the Crusader States, 1095-1192
  • Unit Y318 Russia and its Rulers 1855-1964
  • Unit Y100 Topic Based Essay (Coursework)

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The History department recognises and embraces the many learning opportunities available to students outside the boundaries of the classroom and as such offer a variety of activities including:

  • Imperial War museum
  • Historic Portsmouth
  • Fort Nelson
  • Visit to the Civil war battle site of Cheriton
  • Bi-annual trip to Berlin for Y11 and 6th form students.