Welcome to the History Department

History challenges students to build their interpretive and analytical skills in order to create an understanding of the past that will aid their ability to explain the world around them today.  

Key Stage 3

History is delivered through two lessons a week for all year 7 and 8 groups, focussing mainly on developing the causation and source analysis skills along with knowledge of Britain’s past from 1066 to the Second World War. Students at the end of year 8 also learn about the Holocaust. This emotionally demanding unit is delivered with specialist input from the RE department who also help to deliver lessons.

Schemes of Work Key Stage 3

Key learning questions:

Year 7

  • What is History?
  • Who should be King?
  • Why did the Normans win the Battle of Hastings?
  • What was the Black Death & what were the consequences for the British People?
  • How and why did Henry VIII change England?
  • Why did England go to war with itself?
  • What was the slave trade and why was it abolished?

Year 8

  • How did the Industrial Revolution change Britain?
  • Who were the Suffragettes?
  • What were the causes of the First World War?
  • Were the British Lions really led by Donkeys during World War I?
  • How/ Why was World War II fought, won and lost?
  • Has racial equality in the USA/UK really been achieved?

Holocaust Unit

  • What is discrimination?
  • How were Jews persecuted in Nazi Germany pre-1939?
  • What was it like to live in the Ghetto?
  • What can we learn from the lessons of Auschwitz?
  • How useful is the film Schindler’s List/ Boy in the strip pyjamas to an historian study the events of the Holocaust?
  • How should the Holocaust be remembered?

Key Stage 4

Our GCSE students follow AQA’s new specification that covers:

Component 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A: Period studies

1A: America, 1840–1895:

Expansion and consolidation

This option is focused on: the Great Plains and Plains Indians; the early settlers; farming on the Great Plains and the struggle for the Great Plains. There is also a focus on the American Civil War.

Section B: Wider World Depth Studies

Wider world depth studies investigate international conflict by focusing on a complex historical situation and the interplay of different aspects within it.

Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

This is option allows students to study the causes of the Second World War, showing how and why the conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to solve the issues which caused it. It enables students who might have studied the First World War peace settlement and the lead up to the Second World War as part of their studies at Key Stage 3 to revisit and build on that work at GCSE level.

Component 2: Shaping the nation

Section A: Thematic studies

The key questions within each period study provide a focus for the coverage of prescribed content. Thematic studies allow students to asses a specific change or development over a long period of time.

2A: Britain: Health and the people

This option considers developments in the battle against disease, surgery and public health in Britain across time. The course starts in c1000 and the focus is on explaining the causes, nature and consequences of medical change and the various factors which encouraged or inhibited those changes.

Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment

British depth studies focus on the complexity of society at a particular time and the interplay of different aspects within it.

Norman England, 1066–c1100

This is a new option which allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. It enables students who might have studied the Norman Conquest or aspects of early medieval life such as feudalism, the role of the Church, monasticism, or village life at Key Stage 3 to revisit and build on that work at GCSE. This option also requires the study of a specified historic site relevant to the period which will be examined as part of the depth study.

Mr J. Pugh

Head of Department

Mr M. Phillips

Teacher of History

Miss J. Yates

Teacher of History


© Copyright 2014–2019 Ashton Community Science College