History

History is a fascinating subject to study. It opens up students minds to different viewpoints about politics, economics, religion and society. It allows students to understand the world around them for example, why we have a United Nations, the conflict in the Middle East and the significance of a Black President in the United States of America.  History provides a firm background for careers in law, archives and heritage and politics amongst many others where the skills of evidence analysis, critical writing and debating are required.
 
At KS3 
 
Year 7 students follow the National Curriculum and they begin their course by looking at what history is and what types of historical evidence exist. Students then follow a chronological approach from William the Conqueror and the Battle of Hastings, the Domesday Book, Life in medieval times including that of women, the rich and the poor, crime and punishment, the Black Death, Thomas a Beckett, the Magna Carta and the Peasants Revolt. 
 
A separate component follows on from this looking at the Arabia before Islam, Muhammad and Islam, trade and travel and the crusades.
 
At the end of the Year 7 course, students focus upon the rich and poor in Tudor times, Henry VIII,  Tudor towns and the Church, the Reformation, Mary Tudor, Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots, The Spanish Armada Tudor explorers and the Stuarts.
 
Year 8 students build upon the work done in Year 7 and study the English Civil War, Oliver Cromwell and Puritan life , the Glorious Revolution, the formation of the United Kingdom, witchcraft and science, the Great Plague and the Great Fire of London. They are provided with further areas of study such as the European Empires, slavery, trade and the beginnings of the Industrial Revolution.
 
For both Years 7 and 8 there is an end of year written exam.
KS3 programme of study
 
At KS4 - GCSE option subject
 
In Year 9 students are introduced to the GCSE History course where they apply GCSE techniques to such topics as the Victorians, Chartism, the outbreak of the First World War and the Treaty of Versailles, an analysis of the League of Nations and failure to prevent the rise of the dictators , the policy of appeasement and the events leading up to the outbreak of the Second World War.
 
Year 10 and Year 11 continue to follow the Rise and Fall of Hitler and Nazi Germany, examining The Final Solution and the Holocaust. Further topics of study at this level include: the Liberal Party reforms of the early 1900s, Womens suffrage, and the United States of America between the two World Wars.
 
There is a controlled assessment piece to be completed at the beginning of Year 11 accounting for 25% of the final marks.
 
At the end of the course, students should possess the following skills:
 
To recall, select, organise and deploy historical knowledge
Describe, explain and analyse key features and events
Analyse historical evidence and interpretations
 
 
 
Extra curricular activity
 
Located in Chelsea, an area with such vibrant history all around us, we are fortunate to be able to take our students to visit many impressive historical sites. We regularly organise visits to the National Army Museum.
 

                                          Qualification Information

 
Examination Offered Options
 
Exam Specification
 
Progression options Assessment
History GCSE

Click here for exam specification (spec upto 2013)

Click here for exam specification (spec from 2013)

A level

 

Terminal examinations and a controlled assessment

 

 

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