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Key Stage 3

Year 7 unit of study is as follows:

  • A ‘What is History?’ study covering historical skills and concepts
  • A unit investigating the ‘Norman Conquest’ and asking if 1066 is the most important year in English History?
  • A study of ‘Medieval Monarchs’ covering Henry II and King John.
  • A unit focused on the ‘Tudors’ and asking if the Tudors really were terrible?
  • A study of the ‘English Civil War’ and investigation into why Charles I had to lose his head.
  • A unit focused on ‘The Restoration’.
  • Finishing with an investigation into how the role of monarchy has changed from 1066 to 1745.

The Year 8 unit of study is as follows:

  • A focus on the ‘Slavery and the British Empire’.
  • A unit looking at life in ‘Britain in the 19th Century’ and investigating how the 19th century changed people’s lives.
  • A study of the ‘First World War’.
  • An local study investigation into the part that Shoeburyness played in the First World War
  • A unit of study based on the ‘Interwar Years’.
  • A unit on the ‘Second World War’.
  • Finishing with an investigation into migration in the surrounding areas.

The year 9 unit of study is as follows:

  • We begin the year by studying the Cold War and investigate the tensions and conflicts during that time
  • An investigation into ‘How did people fight for their rights in the 20th Century?
  • Finishing with a unit on the Holocaust

GCSE History: 

The GCSE History content comprises the following elements:

The GCSE is assessed by 2 exams both 2 hours long.  Each paper is worth 84 marks with 4 marks for SPaG.  Both examinations are sat at the end of Year 11.  There is NO Controlled Assessment.

Year 12 and 13 - AQA

Students will study two units which are examination based from the AQA A Level with a non-exam assessment:

  • The Tudors: 1485-1603 (40% of the A Level)
  • The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980 (40% of the A Level)
  • Non-exam assessment based on a historical investigation which is completed in Year 13 (20% of the A Level).

The course is assessed through two 2 hours 30mins examinations at the end of Year 13.


Rebecca Blowers     History Head of Subject

Vicky Gray                 Humanities Head of Faculty