Skip to content ↓


Year 7

  •  What is History?
  • Roman Alcester (local History study)
  • The development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066- c.1500 (including the impact of migration to the British Isles, a theme continued in Years 8 and 9)
  • Islamic Civilisations

Year 8

  • The development of church, state and society in Britain, 1509- c.1700
  • The French Revolution

Year 9

  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire, c.1700- 1901
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901-present (including the Holocaust)

Years 10-11

The GCSE course follows the Pearson Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) Specification.  We cover the following units:

Paper One: Thematic Study and Historic Environment (30% of the GCSE)

Crime and Punishment in Britain from c.1000 AD to the present day.

  • The nature of criminal activity and changing definitions of crime
  • The nature of law enforcement and punishment
  • The influence of changes in society on crime and punishment
  • A case study on Whitechapel, c.1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city 

Paper Two: Period Study and British Depth Study (40% of the GCSE)

British depth study: Henry VIII and his Ministers, 1509-1540

  • Henry VIII as ‘Renaissance Prince’ and the policies of Cardinal Wolsey
  • The King’s ‘Great Matter’ and attempts to resolve this
  • Thomas Cromwell’s rise to power
  • Cromwell’s changes to government and reasons for his downfall
  • The Break with Rome

Period study: The American West, c.1835-c.1895

  • The culture of the Plains’ Indians and early settlement of the West
  • The development of the Plains
  • Conflict on the Plains 

Paper Three: Modern Depth Study (30% of the GCSE)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1919-1939

  • The origins of and early challenges to the Weimar Republic
  • Hitler’s rise to power
  • Nazi control and dictatorship
  • Life in Nazi Germany