The History Department delivers programmes of study in line with national requirements as issued by the DfE and QCA. The Department also intends to provide teaching and learning that will produce KS4 and 5 results in line with targets set by our Examination boards the OCR and EdExcel. The department intends to guide teaching and learning that:
The History department primarily delivers lesson in a suite of closely situated rooms. We also have access to a satellite suite of 15 computers which are designated for Humanities use.
Please click on the following link(s) to navigate through the course areas:
At Key Stage 3, History is compulsory for all students and is delivered through two 100 minute lessons per fortnight. The lessons deliver content so that student progress can be measured against the QCA Key concepts and processes including:
The content of the Year 7 curriculum is focused on the development of a democratic Great Britain from 1066-2010. This includes studying the Battle of Hastings, the English Civil War, and the development of the modern political system. In the Summer Term, Year 7 students visit Trerice Manor House to support their work on the Tudors.
The curriculum in Year 8 continues with a focus on the impact of Great Britain on the World including Empire and the slave trade, World War I, and World War II. In the Autumn Term, Year 8 students currently visit Geevor Tin Mine as part of their investigation into the changing conditions during the Industrial Revolution.
Students complete one assessed homework and one assessed test per term. Supplementary homework is set to support and direct progress towards achieving in the assessments.
History at Key Stage 4 is an extremely popular option. Lessons are delivered through three 100 minute lessons per fortnight. Students are examined at the Year 11, whilst coursework is completed in the first term of Year 11.
The GCSE course is titled “the Modern World (B)” and covers topics as diverse as:
The GCSE History course moved to a three year Key Stage 4 in 2011. In Year 9, students study topics that support the content of the examined modules. For example, students study the development of communism and capitalism in Russia and the USA respectively to support their later studies of the Cold War period.
The History Department offers a range of additional opportunities for GCSE students.
Key Stage 5 History is a very popular option for students in the V1 Form. The lessons are delivered through five 100 minute sessions per fortnight. The lessons deliver content and skills that are measured by the Edexcel exam board. Work is assessed through two exams at the end of Year 12; followed by one exam and a piece of coursework at the end of Year 13.
AS Level students study the following:
A2 Level students go on to study the following:
Over the last 3 years, the History Department has been able to offer A-Level students an exciting opportunity to work with students from across the globe through attending Ritsumeikan Uji’s International Student Forum in Japan. Click here to find out more from the 2012 and 2013 student forums.