Our Curriculum


Subject Leader: Miss S Costello


Key Stage 4

GCSE History

Exam Board: Edexcel

Course Overview

 Pupils study the GCSE course from the beginning of year 10 with all examinations taking place at the end of Year 11. Our British Thematic Study with Historic Environment unit is "Crime and Punishment in Britain, c1000 to present". This has a 30% weighting.  Our British Depth Study is Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88 with Superpower relations and the Cold War,1941–91 as our period study. This holds a 40% weighting. Our Modern Depth Study is "Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39"with a 30% weighting.

Assessment: 100% examination

Curriculum Content

Year 7

Term 1: Why does the story not start in 1066?

Term 2: A truckload of trouble; how true is Schama’s interpretation of the Norman Conquest?

Term 3: How did religion influence everyday life in Medieval England?

Term 4: What challenges did medieval monarchs face from rats and rebels?

Term 5: What steps were taken to consolidate the Tudor reign?

Term 6: A religious rollercoaster; how true is this interpretation of Reformation England?

Year 8

Term 1: How did religion continue to cause conflict in the Early Modern Era?

Term 2: Glorious or treasonous; what is the story of 18th and 19th century Britain?

Term 3: The British Empire; progressive colonisers or vicious usurpers?

Term 4: How intrinsic was enslavement and colonisation to the success of the British Empire?

Term 5: Revolution and reform, the story of the 18th and 19th century?

Term 6: How did people campaign for a fairer democracy?

Year 9

Term 1: Why did the Great War become a global conflict?

Term 2: Why did new political ideas and challenges emerge in post  WW1 war Europe?

Term 3: To what extent have religious attitudes led to persecution over time?

Term 4: To what extent has warfare developed since WW1?

Term 5: How far did the British Empire change between 1760 and 1960?

Term 6: What are the most significant events of the 20th-21st century?

Year 10

Term 1: Paper 1 Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city. How did the church influence crime and punishment?

Term 2: What were the new definitions of crime in the 16th century? and  How did crime and punishment change in the 18th and 19th century?

Term 3: How ethical are punishments for crime in Britain? and How was Whitechapel a black hole at the heart of the British Empire?

Term 4:  Paper 2 Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88. How did the succession crisis lead to the Norman invasion?

Term 5: How did William secure power from 1066-1087? 

Term 6: How did Norman England change from 1066-1088?

Year 11

Term 1: Paper 3 Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39. Did the Weimar government overcome its initial challenges?

Term 2: What led to the rise of fascism in Nazi Germany?

Term 3: How did Hitler create a totalitarian dictatorship? and What was life like in Nazi Germany

Term 4: Paper 2 Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91. What led to the creation of frosty relationships between the superpowers?

Term 5: What were the main Cold War crises from 1958-70? How did the demise of the Soviet Union end the Cold War?

Term 6: Revision/GCSE Examinations


Useful Information

Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities

  • GCSE History OSL runs every Monday after school from 3pm-4pm with Year 11 teachers.

  • Trips for Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 include Dover Castle, Whitechapel and the possibility of an overseas trip, after a successful and enjoyable trip to Berlin in February 2019.

Suggested Revision Guides and Books

Crime and Punishment-GCSE Revision Guide

Weimar and Nazi Germany--GCSE Revision Guide

Anglo Saxons and Norman England-GCSE Revision Guide

Superpower relations and the Cold War-GCSE Revision Guide