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History

GCSE

In Year 9 (the Third Form), all pupils study History for two periods a week. For the first term they follow a course on the origins of the First World War, the First World War itself, and the Treaty of Versailles.

Incorporated into this course is a study of the effect of the War on the home front. In the Lent Term the history of the USA and Russia in the 1920s and 1930s is studied. Pupils are introduced to the workings of the American constitution, and to the economic controversies of the period. In the Summer Term the growth of fascism in Germany and the origins of the Second World War are studied.

At the end of Year 9 History becomes an option, and in Years 10 and 11 those pupils who have chosen History follow the GCSE course.

From 2016 in Year 10 (Fourth Form) the GCSE syllabus covers, in depth, the history of the Weimar Republic and the growth of the Nazi dictatorship in Germany, 1918–39. The pupils then focus on a period study of Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941–89, and a close study of London and the Second World War, 1939–45.

In Year 11 (Fifth Form) the GCSE syllabus then includes a broad thematic study of Warfare and British Society from c1250 to the present day, and then examines in depth Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40.

The current Fifth Form (2016–17) are now completing the final year of the old GCSE syllabus.

In Year 10 (Fourth Form) the old GCSE syllabus covered the Second World War and the transformation of British society, c1931–51, in a programme of study designed to foster skills of source analysis. Pupils then completed a two part internal controlled assessment option focusing on the course of US involvement in Vietnam, 1960–75.

In Year 11 (Fifth Form) the old GCSE syllabus examines the shifting pattern of international relations during the Cold War and also, in depth, the history of the Weimar Republic and the growth of Nazi dictatorship in Germany 1918–35.

A Level

It is made clear that there is no need to have taken History GCSE in order to study the subject at A Level.

Our intention is to give students a choice. They are able to opt for either a course which is principally Medieval in focus or one which is exclusively Modern. 

The principally Medieval course aims to provide a breadth and variety of historical study. It explores England’s distinctive political, social, economic and cultural development during the Middle Ages within its wider continental context; and in the study of the Crusades (c1095–1204) and the Golden Age of Spain (1474–1598) examines significant forces shaping our contemporary geopolitical climate. On this two year linear A Level course the Lower Sixth will study a course programme which can also lead to an AS Level qualification.

In the Lower Sixth students on this course study:

  • ‘The Crusades, c. 1095–1204’
  • ‘Anglo-Saxon England and the Anglo-Norman Kingdom, c. 1053–1106’

In the Upper Sixth these students study:

  • 'The Golden Age of Spain, 1474–1598’
  • ‘The Norman Conquest of Southern Italy’

The alternative, Modern history course is focused upon the events of the last 200 years involving British parliamentary reform and key twentieth-century historical developments involving the major European powers. The aim is to provide an extensive understanding of the events which have created today’s world. On this two year linear A Level course the Lower Sixth will also study a course programme which can also lead to an AS Level qualification.

In the Lower Sixth students on this course study:

  • ‘Germany and West Germany, 1918–89’
  • ‘The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911–46’

In the Upper Sixth these students study:

  • ‘Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780–1928’
  • ‘The origins of World War One’
Staff Position
Dr Damian A Kerney (MA Cantab, PhD Sheffield, FRSA) Head of Department
Revd Richard K Harrison (MA Oxon, BA Leeds)  
Dr Elizabeth Keane (BA College of the Holy Cross, MA New York, PhD Cantab)  
Mrs Catherine M Krause (BA Melbourne, MEd Buckingham)  
Mrs Carol E Palmer (MA Oxon)  
Mr Phil C Richardson (MA Cantab, MA London)  
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