Department vision:

"Our students will understand today's society though exploring and questioning our history. We want students to use knowledge of the past to empathise with others and play a part in building a positive future for all."

Key Stage 3

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. Our intent is to ensure that the backgrounds of all pupils are catered for through representation in our curriculum and lessons and that students recognise the diverse and challenging nature of our history. Students will use second order concepts such as cause, change and significance to help to explain the past, and how it is still relevant today. Students will also be assessed at the end of every topic, so that we are best able to understand a student’s strengths and areas for development, and act upon them. We hope all students find History to be an engaging, challenging and thoughtful subject at Bishop Young Academy, and we hope we can inspire students to continue to study History at GCSE level and beyond.

Year 7

In Year 7, we start with a local history study of Leeds, examining how Leeds has changed over time, from the Romans to the present day. We then focus on the development of Church, state, and society in Medieval Britain, starting with the famous Norman Conquest of 1066. This allows us to examine the struggle for power in Medieval Britain by investigating historical events such as Magna Carta, highlighting British Values such as democracy and individual liberty. Then, we will look at the development of Church, state, and society in Britain 1509-1745. This will include the Tudors and the English Reformation, which connects with our BISHOP characters of perseverance and integrity. We will also learn about the English Civil War and the development of Parliament. Finally, we will investigate the Renaissance, and how Britain and other European countries interacted with the wider world in an age of exploration.

Topic One: The Leeds Story
Topic Two: The Norman Conquest
Topic Three: Power and the People
Topic Four: The Tudors
Topic Five: The English Civil War
Topic Six: Age of Exploration

Year 8

In Year 8, we begin with a study of African Kingdoms, examining the rich and diverse history of Africa prior to colonialism and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. This enables students to study significant societies and its interconnections with other world developments. We then move onto ideas, political power, industry, and empire in Britain, 1745-1901. This includes the Transatlantic slave trade, analysing its effects, the consequences, and its eventual abolition. We will also look at the Industrial Revolution, as Britain became the first industrial nation and its impact on society. As we examine Britain’s impact on the world, we will conduct a depth study on British India, and the effect of the British Empire across the world. Finally, we will look at the challenges Britain faces in the modern era, specifically looking at the history of migration and the UK Civil Rights movement, as part of social, cultural, and technological changes in post-war British society.

Topic One: African Kingdoms
Topic Two: Slavery and Emancipation
Topic Three: The Industrial Revolution
Topic Four: British India
Topic Five: Migration over time
Topic Six: Civil Rights

Year 9

In our final year of Key Stage 3, we mostly study historical events of the 20th Century, and the impact this has had on the modern world today. This means focusing on the challenges for Britain, Europe, and the wider world from 1901 to the present day. We start by looking at World War One, examining the causes and the impact this had on combatants and people around the world. Then, we will move on to focus the inter-war period, looking at the Weimar Government in Germany, and the rise of Hitler, the Nazis and fascism. Next, we will look at the Holocaust, and the devastating impact genocide had on the Jewish peoples of Europe and all those affected by the horrors inflicted by the Nazis. This will be followed by a study of World War Two, and how civilians at home were affected by the war. Finally, we will look at two post war topics, examining how Britain has changed since 1945, and how the fight for democracy has impacted the world we live in today.

Topic One: World War One
Topic Two: Weimar Germany and the Rise of the Nazis
Topic Three: World War Two
Topic Four: The Holocaust
Topic Five: Decolonisation
Topic Six: Democracy In Decline?

Key Stage 4

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