Key Stage 3

During year 7 students follow an integrated humanities course called Navig8.  This course is designed to give students the knowledge and skills they need in order to be successful learners.  Please see the Navig8 information for more details. Students also study the traditional subjects of Geography, R.S. and History – topic area “Blood, Guts and Gore”

Year 8 students explore a combination of thematic, period studies, wider world studies these include Monstrous Monarchs – Tudor and Stuart England, A cup of British tea focusing on the Empire. Students also have the opportunity to prepare for their GCSE thematic study for skills and recall by examining Crime & Punishment. Students then move on to consider the Great War, Inter-War Years, Nazi Germany and World War Two.

Key Stage 4

Why choose History?

As one of Noadswood’s most popular and successful subjects, there are many reasons to consider studying History at GCSE. Students are being strongly encouraged to study History as one of the ‘English Baccalaureate’ subjects as it is believed that a History qualification gives colleges and employers a clear message about your ability. It is an impressive qualification to hold. GCSE History requires analytical responses from a breadth of evidence; this skill transfers to a multitude of studies, and therefore this and other essential historical skills can assist with learning across the curriculum. History also teaches you about the world you live in; as well as the events that shaped it.

The GCSE History AQA content comprises the following elements:

  • One period study – Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and Dictatorship
  • One thematic study – Britain: Health and the People: c1000 to the present day
  • One wider world depth study – Conflict and Tension Korean and Vietnam Wars
  • One British depth study including the historic environment –  Elizabethan England
  • There will also be an opportunity to look at Russia 1905-1939, The Roaring 20s – in the USA, Cold War Conflict 1945-1963

We pride ourselves on an engaging and enquiry based approach.