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, students will investigate a local site.

Topic one: The changing face of the British Isles.

Topic Two: The Norman Conquest

Topic Three: Tudor England

Topic Four Industrial Britain and the British Empire.

Topic Five: Site Visit

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. Students 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 American Civil Rights Movement

Topic Two: The persecution of the Jews and The Holocaust

Topic Three: World War One

Topic Four: World War Two

Topic Five: Britain at war

What will I learn?

Students will have an opportunity to study many different types of History, ranging from local, British and world History. They will look at History ranging from the Norman Conquest in 1066 to Modern Britain in the 21st Century. This range of topics and time periods makes this GCSE diverse and exciting for all students.

Component 1: British History

  • Thematic Study: The People’s Health, c.1250 to present
  • British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest, 1065–1087

Component 2: History Around Us

  • Historical Site Visit: Students visit and study a local historical site

Component 3: World History

  • World Period study: The Making of America, 1789–1900
  • World Depth Study: Living under Nazi Rule, 1933–1945

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: British History – 1 hour and 45 minutes paper (40% of the final exam)

  • Thematic Study – 40 marks
  • Depth Study – 40 marks

Component 2: History Around Us - 1 hour paper (20% of the final exam)

  • Historical Site Visit – 40 marks plus 10 SPAG marks

Component 3: World History – 1 hour and 45 minutes paper (40% of the final exam)

  • Period Study – 40 marks
  • Depth Study – 40 marks

What could I move onto?

Students could choose to continue with the study of History by taking AS in a 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.  These skills are highly valued by colleges and employers.

Exam Board:  OCR

Links & Resources

Links & Resources

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