Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

Course Overview

The aim of the History KS3 curriculum at BYA is to ensure all students have the opportunity to explore the past and understand how it influences our culture and values today.

Year 7  

In Year 7 students are given the opportunity to study a theme in British History that consolidates their chronological knowledge from before 1066. Allowing them to reflect on the many changes and continuities of the British Isles. They study the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509 and Early Modern Britain 1509-1745, and consider how this influences society today. Additionally, students are given the chance to reflect on the impact of the Industrial Revolution on Britain and the rest of world. Considering the consequences of empire and trade on different groups of people. Finally, student will investigate a local site.

Topic one: The Changing Face of the British Isles.    
Topic Two: The Norman Conquest
Topic Three: Tudors Part 1 – Henry VIII
Topic Four: Tudors Part 2 – Elizabeth I
Topic Five: Local History Study
Topic Six: Industrial Britain and the British Empire.

Year 8

In year 8 students are given the opportunity to develop their understanding of modern History, with a particular focus on conflict, war, political oppressions and freedoms. Students will study the challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world in the 20th Century. Developing an understanding of the causes and consequences of two world wars. Student will also explore the difficulties people face when oppressed and persecuted, with case studies of the Civil Rights Movement in 1960s America and the Holocaust.

Topic One: The First World War

Topic Two: The Causes of World War Two

Topic Three: The Home Front

Topic Four: The US Civil Rights Movement

Topic Five: Life inside Nazis Germany  

Topic Six:  The Holocaust

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Course title and type of qualification: GCSE (9-1) History

What will I learn?

This is a new course that will allow students to learn about events from three different eras – Medieval, Early Modern and Modern. We will study the following periods:

Paper 1 - Thematic study and historic environment:
  • Crime and Punishment in Britain
  • c1000–present and Whitechapel
  • c1870–c1900
  • crime
  • policing and the inner city
Paper 2 - Period study and British depth study
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941–91
  • Henry VIII and his ministers 1509–40
Paper 3: Modern depth study
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes.
  • 30%* of the qualification.
  • 52 marks (16 for the historic environment, 36 for the thematic study).
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
  • 40%* of the qualification
  • 64 marks (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study)
Paper 3: Modern depth study
  • Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes
  • 30%* of the qualification
  • 52 marks

What could I move onto?

You could choose to continue with the study of History by taking AS in the Sixth form or at college. The skills learnt at GCSE History will also complement the study of subjects such as English Literature, Politics and Sociology.  A GCSE in History shows that you have a high level of literacy and that you are able to analyse complex information.  Students will develop skills in analysing and evaluating historical sources. They will study different approaches to history in order to reach their own interpretations. Students will be able to explain and justify their own interpretations and structure an essay and narrative clearly and effectively These skills are highly valued by colleges and employers.

Exam Board:  Edexcel

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