“Those who don’t know History are doomed to repeat it”
– Edmund Burke

What Will You Do - KS3?

Year 7

  • What is History?
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Society, economy and culture in Medieval Britain: feudalism, religion in daily life (parishes, monasteries, abbeys), farming, trade and towns art, architecture and literature
  • The Black Death and its social and economic impact
  • The Peasants’ Revolt
  • The Wars of the Roses; Henry VII and attempts to restore stability

Year 8

  • The English Reformation and Counter Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
  • The Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland)
  • The Stuarts (1603-1714)
  • Britain as the first industrial nation
  • Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition
  • The development of the British Empire

Year 9

  • The First World War and the Peace Settlement
  • The inter-war years: the Great Depression, the rise of dictators and the rise of America
  • The Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
  • The Holocaust
  • The changing nature of health and the people

What Will You Do - KS4?

Current Year 11 2015-2017 Cohort

Students are currently studying Edexcel History B: Medicine Through Time and Life in Nazi Germany. A full specification, past papers and mark schemes can be viewed on the following link


Paper One: Medicine and treatment

(Paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, students have to answer 5 questions and the paper is marked out of 53)
Developments in medicine, medical treatment and Public Health and their impact throughout society from the Romans to the modern day. Focus on change and continuity as well as the role of individuals, war, government, attitudes and beliefs in society, chance, science and technology

Paper Two: Life in Germany 1919-1945

(Paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, students have to answer 5 questions and the paper is marked out of 54)

  • The Rise of the Nazi Party
    • How the Nazis governed the Third Reich
    • The social impact of the Nazi state.

Paper Three: The transformation of surgery c1845-c1918

(Paper is 1 hour and 15 minutes long, students have to answer 5 questions and the paper is marked out of 53)

  • An understanding of the way surgery was perceived before anaesthetics were available
    • Developments in dealing with the three main problems in surgery: pain, infection and blood loss
    • An understanding of the main factors influencing these changes

Controlled Assessment: CA5 Vietnam 1960-1975
(High control internal assessment in which the students have to prepare for and then answer three questions)

  • The reasons for US involvement in Vietnam
    • The nature of the conflict and reasons for the US defeat
    • The impact of the war on civilians and the military, in the USA and in North and South Vietnam
    • The growth of protest in the USA and the end of the conflict

September 2016 and beyond (Examinations from June 2018)

Pupils undergoing GCSE examinations from June 2018 are currently studying AQA GCSE History. A full specification can be viewed via the following link:



Paper One- Understanding the Modern World (1 hour 45 minutes)

Section A Period Study: 1C Russia, 1894–1945: Tsardom and communism

Section B Wider World Depth Study: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

Paper Two- Shaping the Nation (1 hour 45 minutes)

Section A Thematic Study: 2A Britain: Health and the people, c1000 to the present day

Section B British Depth Study including the historic environment: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

For further information please contact Mrs R Fullthorpe, Head of the History Department