History

In Key Stage 5, we further build on pupils’ knowledge by studying the British Empire, the French Revolution and modern America. Expert teachers lead students through these courses and  impart to pupils’ an understanding of present-day society. Through studying contrasting interpretations and sources. We hope to push pupils’ social, cultural, economic and political knowledge resulting in a cohort of well-rounded and aware students who consider themselves as scholars.  We also seek to ensure that pupils make outstanding progress through the effective teaching of concepts and exam structures combined with productive use of revision time. 

At A-Level the History department expects the highest possible standard from our students. These high expectations have led to outstanding results. The 2019 cohort achieved a 100% pass rate with a Level 3 Value Added score of 0.68. This success comes from hard work from both the students and staff. There are after-school, Saturday and holiday revision sessions which are compulsory for students to attend.

Assessment

Students take all exams at the end of year 12 and 13. They have one attempt at this exam and there are two papers. The first is Unit 1 which covers the topic of the British Empire and the second is Unit 2 titled ‘the American Dream’ which covers American History from 1945-1980.

In year 13 students will also complete coursework which is currently on the causes of the French Revolution. This coursework is worth 20% of their overall grade and requires students to write a 3,500-4,000 word long essay including the views of historians and primary sources.

Homework and Revision Guides

Homework is set in every Key Stage 5 History lesson. It is expected to be completed for the following lessons. It is designed to extend and consolidate learning.

A Level Revision Guide America

A Level Revision Guide British Empire

AS Revision Guide America

AS Revision Guide British Empire