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

In Year 7, we cover the following topics:

  • What is History?
  • Medieval England
  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • The English Civil War
  • Oliver Cromwell

Year 8:

  • The industrial revolution
  • The British Empire
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade
  • The causes and events of the First World War
  • The Suffragettes

Year 9:

  • 1920s America
  • The rise of Hitler
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • The Second World War


History is a popular GCSE choice and we follow the AQA GCSE History syllabus (8145). There are two examination papers which test factual knowledge and skills.

  • Health and the People, c.1000 to the present day
  • Medieval England in the reign of Edward I
  • Germany, 1890-1945 (the rise of Hitler and Nazi state)
  • The Cold War

 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.

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 complement each other. 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. Read more about studying at the best Sheffield secondary school.

Miss Claire Fowler

Head of History and Politics

Miss Fowler leads the History and Politics departments, and enjoys helping girls to think critically about the past. She previously worked at Weston Park Museum and Chatsworth House.