Curriculum – KS4 History

Why Choose History?

If you want to understand today, you have to search yesterday. – Pearl Buck

  • Not only is History an interesting, exciting subject which helps you understand the world today, it will also provide an excellent foundation for future academic and employment success. You will develop skills which you can transfer to other subjects, as well as skills that are highly sought after in the workplace.
  • We aim to encourage a healthy suspicion of different versions of the past and to develop your ability to make judgements and form arguments based on evidence.
  • History will help you to understand people’s motives and actions and to appreciate a range of opinions, as well as learning to evaluate varied source material with confidence.
  • You’ll learn about a range of fascinating events and people from around the world. All History students cover Medieval, Early Modern and Modern History.
    You’ll go on great trips, in London and abroad (we are planning a trip to Berlin).
  • History students are attractive recruits for universities and employers. In particular, it is valued in careers such as law, journalism, television production and research, advertising, marketing, business management, and accountancy.
  • Our past History students have said: ‘I really love History because of how fun it is and how engaging all the teachers are – the topics are amazing!’; ‘I have really enjoyed being able to discuss issues that are going on around the world, and actually know what I am talking about!’; It has made me more knowledgeable and widened my perception of the world. And you go on amazing trips.’

Course Content

The syllabus we follow explores a range of periods, places and encourages you to think critically about the past.

Paper 1 – Understanding the modern world

• Russia, 1894-1945: Tsardom and Communism
• Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945-1972

Paper 2 – Shaping the nation

• Power and the people: c.1170 to the present day
• Restoration England, 1660-1685 (this includes a study of a historic site)


Exam Board – AQA (8145)
Final Grade – New GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
Paper 1 exam: Understanding the modern world (1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of final GCSE grade)
Paper 2 exam: Shaping the nation (1 hour 45 minutes, 50% of final GCSE grade)