Department Staff
Subject Leader:-                  Ms S Minoughan
History Teachers:-               TCB

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What will a student learn at Key Stage 3, 4 and 5?

Key Stage 3

In years 7, 8 and 9 students learn how to infer from and comment on sources, to explain how events and changes are caused and to describe how different interpretations are used.  Students are encouraged to support their ideas with relevant evidence and to use their knowledge effectively.  Students also take part in active learning from model making to role play.  Content areas range from the Normans to the Second World War.

 Key Stage 4
At GCSE students study Medicine through Time and Germany 1918-1945 (Study in Development and Study in Depth).  The assessment of these topics consists of two exams.  These constitute 40% and 30% of the final grade respectively.  Students will also complete a piece of controlled assessment which constitutes 25% of the final grade.
Key Stage 5
From September 2015 students will follow the AQA specification which consists of three units.  The Breadth Study focusses on Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964 and constitutes 40% of the final grade.  The depth study focusses on The English Revolution, 1625-1660 which also constitutes 40% of the final grade.  The students will also carry out an independent historical investigation which constitutes 20% of the final grade and this will be focussed on a study of Crime and Punishment between 1830 and 1965 based upon an examination of primary and secondary evidence.
At A2, students carry out coursework on the subject of Crime and Punishment in Britain between 1830 and 1965 based on primary evidence and secondary research. They are also examined on a thematic study of America during and after the Depression.  
Why is this subject important today?
History is crucially important if we are to understand the world we live in today. As important are the valuable skills that the historian acquires – to construct an argument, to weigh up evidence and to explain ideas. History encourages young people to think for themselves and to reach their own conclusions.
What skills will students learn / develop and how will they learn?
In History students learn how to analyse evidence, to explain causes and to evaluate different interpretations of a person, event or change.

Where could the subject lead – career wise?
History is widely respected by employers and universities as it requires critical thinking and an ability to construct arguments elegantly and effectively. While Law is a popular career path for  History graduates, it is worth noting that the chief executives of Britain’s leading 100 companies are more likely to have studied History than any other subject.
At Key Stage 3, students will be set homework twice a week, which should take them between 30 minutes to an hour.
At Key Stage 4, students will be set homework every week, a task that should take about an hour.
At Key Stage 5, students will be set regular essay and exam practice and will be expected to read widely around their subject.