What do you need to study History?

  • An interest in the subject
  • An inquiring and lively mind
  • An enjoyment of discussion and debate
  • An ability to express yourself well in discussion and on paper
  • No previous experience of the subject

What will you gain from studying History?

  • Habits of independent study
  • Confidence to contribute to discussion
  • Research skills
  • Analytical skills
  • The ability to manage information
  • A clear, logical written style
  • An ability to express your own point of view effectively
  • Respect for the views and perspectives of others

At Key Stage 3, we begin in Year 7 by considering what History is and then we move on to look at the Norman Conquest and its consequences and aspects of medieval life.

In Year 8, we cover the following topics –

  • The Tudors and Stuarts
  • The Reformation and its consequences
  • The English Civil War
  • The Glorious Revolution
  • The History of the Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • The Industrial Revolution

Key Stage 3 ends with studies of –

  • The First World War
  • Hitler and Stalin
  • The Second World War and its impact on Britain
  • American Civil Rights

History is a popular GCSE choice and we follow the AQA Schools History Project Syllabus.

Our students find the GCSE course interesting, stimulating and a good basis for understanding issues in the news today, as well as a great deal of fun. History also allows you to develop skills of analysis, explanation, evaluation and debating. These skills are extremely useful in any career which you might pursue in later life.

Year 10 starts with a Controlled Assessment on social conditions in 19th century Sheffield. In Year 11, we look at Nazi Germany, exploring the reasons why Hitler got into power and then looking at the state which Hitler created, including the Holocaust.

There are two examination papers which test factual knowledge and skills. Controlled Assessment is worth 25% of the total marks and is completed in a controlled assignment.

History fits in well with whatever other GCSE subjects you are doing. If you do other humanities subjects then you will find that the skills you learn in each will have relevance and help in them all. History also requires clear and analytical thinking and so also appeals to students studying Mathematics or Sciences.

In Modern Languages you learn about the culture of other societies. History provides you with the background to these.

A-level History covers the following –

Unit 1 looks at Russian History from 1917 to 1953,  allowing students to study the topic in depth

Unit 2 involves a breadth study of the Tudors between 1485 and 1603

Unit 3 - the personal study centres on the Arab-Israeli Conflict 1895 to 2010

What can you do with History A-level?

Accountancy, law, banking and financial management, business, civil service, human resources management, journalism, medicine, politics, television and radio are just some examples.

All units are by examination. No coursework option is taken.

Each year group makes outside visits to places linked to the topics they are studying and there is a thriving History Club which is open to all girls.

We also have our own website created by the History Club which gives students help with their work. Click on the link to visit the History Club website.