Subject leader

J Davies

Beauty Therapy

About the subject

History is an integral part of a well-rounded education.  It allows students to explore the past and make connections through time.  We live in societies which have an array of complex cultures, religions and traditions.  These have all not just been created, but rather have changed and evolved over the previous decades and centuries.  Understanding our link with the past helps us to understand our present world.  Not only that, but it encourages us to question, reason and formulate our own conclusions about why events happened and what their consequences were.  This critical thinking is a highly valued skill, not just academically, but also professionally.  Because of the nature of the subject, history encourages students to be able to express their ideas, not just in writing, but also verbally.  This helps develop articulate individuals who are adept at communicating complex ideas.


Often students will ask, what can I do with History?  This is quite a difficult question to answer because History gives an individual such a range of options.  Universities and employers value the skills of a historian.  This is because they are thoughtful, critically minded and articulate individuals, who are able to consume large amounts of information and communicate it in a clear and concise manner.  This is a key skill for careers such as law, consultancy, politics, public relations, advertising, academia, to name but a few.  History will open doors and allow you to access a huge range of careers.  It is the skills of a Historian which are highly valued.  This is why it is such a highly respected and popular subject.


“If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree. ” Michael Crichton

“To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain a child.” Cicero

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana


For access to the History Portal, please click here

Year 7 Overview

Students are introduced to historical skills in an introductory ‘What is History’ unit.  From this they go on to study:

1. The Norman Conquests

2. How William the Conqueror consolidated his power

3. Life in Medieval England

4. The Wars of the Roses

5. Religious upheaval under the Tudors

Year 8 Overview

Students study the early modern and modern periods of British history focussing on:

1. Guy Fawkes and the Gun Powder Plot

2. The origins of the English Civil War

3. The English Civil War and Oliver Cromwell

4. The Glorious Revolution

5. Slavery

6. The Civil Rights Movement

7. Migration from the 18th Century to 1945

Year 9 Overview

Students will focus on modern history and will study:

1. The Industrial Revolution

2. The British Empire

3. The Suffragettes

4. World War One

5. The Holocaust

6. Migration from 1945 to the present day

Year 10 Overview

Students will complete the following two units

1) Germany in transition (75 minutes exam)

Students will look at Germany after the First World War and understand why the Nazis came to power.  They will then consider what life was like in Nazi Germany, focussing on minority groups, women, children and religious groups.  They will then consider the impact of the Second World War on the German people, as well as study the reason why the Holocaust occurred.  The final topic that they will study is what happened to Germany following defeat in the war.

2) Medicine and Health through time (75 minutes exam)

Students look at the history of medicine from Medieval times to the present day.    They learn about how medical knowledge changed throughout the period and how new treatment to disease were developed.  They will understand also how doctors became able to prevent certain illnesses.  Students will cover a broad time period and will focus on key individuals to understand how medicine changed over 1000 years.

Year 11 Overview

Students will continue to study towards their GCSE exam completing the remaining two units:

3) Controlled Assessment

Students will complete a controlled assessment task.  There are two possible topics:

• Evacuation during the Second World War.  Students will look at the effects of the evacuation of children from the major cities.  They will also consider whether or not the evacuation of British soldiers from the Beaches of Dunkirk deserved to be remembered as a triumph

4) Sports, Leisure and Tourism in the Twentieth Century (75 minutes exam)

Students will look at social history over the past 100 years.  They will consider the role of sport in British society and how sport has been affects by politics, drugs and terrorism.  In addition, they will look at how popular entertainment has developed, from radios, to cinema and then ultimately television.  Finally, they will consider how British holiday habits have changed over the course of the century.

Exam board used for GCSE

WJEC History Route B (4280)

Link to the specification from the exam board

(A) Lower Site

Green Lane Lower Site




Tel: 02082704222

Fax: 020 8270 4220

(B) Upper Site

Gosfield Road Upper Site




Tel: 020 8270 4200

Fax: 020 8270 4210