History provides students with skills that help in and out of the workplace. It is highly regarded for careers in law, television, archaeology and media. The subject should be particularly appealing to those who enjoy writing about their ideas, developing logical arguments and researching from a range of evidence. In an age of information overload, the ability to recognise and evaluate bias is a real skill and one which is uniquely developed in the history classroom.

All students at Christ the King will study history from medieval times through to the present day. British history provides the main focus for the course but other topics such as the Black Peoples of the Americas are studied. The twentieth century and Britain’s place in the modern world is a very important aspect of the course. It is our aim that students will develop their skills in analysis and evaluation and will develop research techniques, all of which are tested during National Curriculum Assessment and by GCSE.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, students follow differentiated schemes of work that covers the following topic areas:

  • Britain 1066-1603
  • Britain 1603-1900
  • The twentieth century world

Key Stage 4 (NEW from September 2016)

AQA GCSE History course (8145).

Content comprises the following elements:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Section A: Period studies

  • Germany, 1890 – 1945: Germany, Democracy and Dictatorship
  • Conflict and tension, 1990 – 2009

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A: Thematic studies

  • Britain: Power and the People: c1170 to the present day

Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment

  • Elizabethan England, c1568 – c1603


  • Each paper involves a written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Each paper is worth 50% of GCSE

Key Stage 4 (Final year 2017)

Year 11 History students at Christ the King follow the OCR Modern World Syllabus B Course, (available to view online at OCR.org.uk)

The course offers students the opportunity to develop their knowledge and understanding of the 20th Century focusing on some of the main political, social, military and economic events of that time and the impact of them on current events.

There are two written papers comprising 75% of the total marks and a Controlled Assessment which totals 25% of the overall mark. Students will be supported and guided throughout the course in order to achieve their maximum potential.

Paper 1 The Cold War 1945 – 1990 Germany Depth Study 1919-1945

Paper 2 Britain from 1945-1975

Controlled Assessment A chosen topic from the USA in the 20th century.

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