Students in Years 7-9 History meet the outcomes as set by the English National Curriculum but follow a modified programme of study to better meet their interests. The study of history begins with an introductory topic, What is History? Year 7 students are introduced to the roles of historians and archaeologists, and examine how history is pieced together based on theories and evidence. Students then learn about different societies in different periods beginning with ancient civilisations, the Medieval period, the age of exploration and colonisation and finally the modern era, with a focus on World War One and the Holocaust. During these years, students are introduced to the skills required for the study of IGSCE History.
Students in Years 10 and 11 follow the IGCSE programme, Option B the 20th century: International Relations since 1919, which is heavily prescribed. They will prepare for Components 1, 2 and 4. Key topics include assessing the fairness of the 1919-23 peace treaties, the success of the League of Nations, the collapse of international peace by 1939, of the USSR and USA who could be blamed for the Cold War, the effectiveness of the USA in containing the spread of Communism, the security of the USSR’s control over Eastern Europe and the significance of the events in the Gulf at the end of the 20th century. Students commonly study the USA and the interwar period as their chosen depth study. The skills of constructing explanations and understanding, interpreting and evaluating evidence are built upon over these two years.
Students studying History at this level will prepare for Papers 1, 2, 3 and 4 as a two year course of study. Areas of focus will include both 19th and 20th century history and may include international peace and security between 1919 and 1945, international relations between 1871 and 1945, the Holocaust, the Cold War and international history between 1945 and 1991. External examinations will contain both knowledge and source based questions.
The study of history at senior levels will allow students to build many important skills. They will learn to gather, sort and evaluate valuable data and information, think critically, and present clear, concise and convincing arguments. Students will also develop an understanding and empathy of people outside of their own culture and experiences and be able to identify truths and recognise propaganda and determine their effect in people’s actions.