Welcome to History

History 2

History VCOP Placemat


History Curriculum Intent


‘History fires pupils’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international levels. It helps them to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.’


Key Stage 3:

Students in Years 7 to 9 follow the National Curriculum. There is also the option to study GCSE History early in Y9 and Y10.

Key Stage 4:

Students follow the 2 Year GCSE History course (AQA).

Key Stage 5:

Students are currently entered for the AS and A2 History GCE examinations (Edexcel).


Year 8 History Day- Exploring historic York and the Castle Museum
Educational visits are offered in Year 9/10 to the WW1 battlefields of Belgium and France and in Year 12/13 to Washington, Philadelphia and New York.
After completing their exams the Year 10 History & Latin Early Entry GCSE groups embark on a study of historical York, which includes a Roman walking tour and visit to York Minster.
Year 12/13 students are offered the opportunity to compete in the HA National Great Debate Competition.

Main Programmes of Study

Year 7: What is History?
Key historical skills
Medieval England 1066-1500
Paper 1:
Germany 1890- 1945
Conflict in Asia 1945- 1975 (Korea & Vietnam)
Unit 1:
In search of the American Dream: The USA 1917-1996
Unit 3:
Ireland and the Union,
Year 8: The Making of the UK 1500- 1750
Tudors and the Stuarts
The English Civil War
The Industrial Revolution 1750-1900
The British Empire
Paper 2:
Health and the People- 1000-2000
Elizabethan England
Unit 2:
South Africa, 1948-1994: From Apartheid State to ‘Rainbow Nation.”
Unit 4:
Historical Enquiry
Stalin’s Russia
Year 9: The Era of Total War 1914-1945
Origins and events of WW1 and WW2
Women’s suffrage
Britain and the World post-1945
The development of the Cold War
Civil Rights movement
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