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Why study History?

History helps you to discover how the world has changed and evolved. It helps you to discover and develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, ask questions and express your opinions. History helps you to understand the origins of your own and other countries. Whilst learning History you are also learning about other subjects and it makes you appreciate how other people in the past shaped the world we live in today.

‘Study history, study history. In history lie all the secrets of the world.’                                                                        Winston Churchill


Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Skills in history – chronology and timelines.
  • Understanding and identifying different types of historical evidence.
  • Britain in Medieval times 1066-1509.
  • The importance of church, state and society in Medieval Britain.
  • Bolton local history.

Year 8

  • Britain between 1509-1745.
  • The relationship between Crown and Parliament in Tudor and Stuart Times.
  • The causes and consequences of the English Civil war featuring a local history study of the effect of the Civil war on Bolton.
  • An in-depth study of the Black Peoples of the Americas.
  • Britain’s role in the slave trade.

Year 9

  • The Industrial Revolution 1745-1901.
  • Case study of the 'Jack the Ripper' murders of 1888.
  • Local history study on the Bolton Zeppelin raids in 1916.
  • The First and Second World Wars and their impact on Britain.
  • The Holocaust.


Key Stage 4

The History GCSE (Edexcel History B) aims to build on the topics covered in Years 7-9 as well as introducing a new development study. The course is split into four units.

1. Medicine Through Time – a study of the development of medicine from Greek & Roman times to the present day.

2. Life in Nazi Germany – a study of the rise of Hitler and life in Nazi Germany.

3. Transformation of Surgery – a study of developments in surgery since the 1800s to the present.

4. Controlled Assessment – A coursework unit of work studying the impact of the First and Second World War on Britain.

Each unit is worth 25% of the final GCSE score. Units 1-3 are each examined by a 1 hour 15 minute exam sat at the end of Year11.


Future Opportunities

GCSE History opens up a wide range of possibilities for a career in the future. Many GCSE History students go on to study the subject at A level and degree level at university, whilst others use the skills they have developed to study Law, Politics or various careers in journalism and the media.


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

At Key Stage 4 extra revision and coursework preparation sessions are held each week after school. Revision days are also held during the Easter and half term holidays. In Key Stage 3 there is a visit toChester to investigate the impact of the Romans on Chester and the surrounding area. There is also going to be a visit this year to the First World War battlefields in France which will be open to both Key Stage 3 & 4 pupils.