What will students learn?

Year 7

Home Learning N.B. This has changed and is no longer with English.

First project Autumn 1 Year 8 History – An evidence based research project investigating the effect the Romans had on their Empire and their achievements. Students are required to choose five sources from a selection and evaluate them based on their usefulness.

Year 8

This theme of the year is the question of: ‘Has Empire been a model and a force for good’? Each half term students will study a unit that links to issues of Empire.

The topics and skills are as follows:

1. What can we learn about the Roman Empire? (Evidence)

2. Was the British Empire all that bad? (Interpretation)

3. How important was Olaudah Equiano in ending slavery? (Significance)

4. Who is your neighbour? (Change & Continuity)


Year 9

Students can expect a variety of home learning tasks. These tasks will often be a follow up from what was being learnt in the lesson, or they will be a research task for the following week. In Year 9, we also ask students to complete a homework project that lasts for 6 weeks on race relations in America. Students will complete 6 different tasks investigating current issues linked to race relations. At the end of the project they will create an enquiry question for a mini/essay dissertation about current race issues in America.

GCSE History

Exam Board – Edexcel

Students follow the Edexcel History GCSE. This is split into 3 papers and covers 4 topics which will be studied across Year 10 and 11. The GCSE develops written and oral skills of analysis, evaluation, debate and presentation. 

Paper 1:  Crime and punishment through time, c1000–present (Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes 30%* of the qualification )

  • This comprises a thematic study (Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present) and a study of a historic environment (Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city).

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes 40%* of the qualification)


Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

  • This unit consists of three key topics which explore the reign of Elizabeth I: Queen, government and religion, 1558–69, Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88, and Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

  • This unit consists of three topics which explore the origins, crises and end of the Cold War.

Paper 3: Modern depth study (Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes 30%* of the qualification)

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

  • This unit explores the changes in Germany from the end of the First World War up until the outbreak of the Second World War. The key topics are: The Weimar Republic 1918–29, Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33, Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39 and Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39


Everything is correct except Paper 2 Mao’s China. It should be the GDR as outlined below. The information about the AQA course needs to be deleted.

Unit 2: The German Democratic Republic, 1949-1990

This option comprises a study in depth of the transformation of East Germany. Students will investigate the political, economic and social changes in this period and their impact upon the lives of the East German people.