Year 7

In the Autumn term students cover an overview of ancient civilisations followed by the role of state and church in Medieval society.

In the Spring term students complete a depth study into the Tudor dynasty and its impact which leads onto the English Civil war including a local study into the witch craze.

In the summer term students cover ‘Civil rights - from slavery to emancipation and beyond’ this is followed by a depth study into the Native American society and culture.

Year 8

In the Autumn term students cover the ‘Great War’ its causes, key events, the armistice and the subsequent peace treaties. This is followed by the rise of Nazism in Germany and the Holocaust study.

In the spring term students study the Second World War and the history of Russia through to the establishment of the USSR.

In the summer term students study a course tracing the key events of the Cold War and they finish the year with a study of the history of Terrorism.

Year 9

Students begin with a focus on the Inter-War years 1919-39. With a strong focus on European politics, it considers the impact of the Versailles settlement and its role in creating the situation where Europe was ripe for war within just twenty years.

This is coupled with a study of the USA 1920-73. From the booming twenties through to the Great depression, it takes a broadly chronological approach dipping into thematic post war society such as civil rights and politics.

Year 10

Students complete a study of Elizabethan England, considering the impact of the recent religious upheavals by the Tudor dynasty and the challenges that Elizabeth faced during her reign. Some time is dedicated to a site study which is set annually by the exam board.

Students also complete a study of Britain: Health and the people. In this thousand-year study students focus on themes such as public health, developments in surgery and disease in four time periods. Students will trace themes across the 1000 years to study periods of change and continuity.

Year 11

Students will consolidate their KS4 learning. Topics that have been studied in the first two years are re-visited with a focus on the development of the specific exam skills for each topic and the application of knowledge to generate success in their final exams.