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History at St Michael’s aims to engage students across the age and ability range. We study a wide range of topics and develop a diverse range of skills.

What skills will pupils develop?

History develops the skills of enquiry, analysis, evaluation, comprehension and knowledge and understanding of the past.

You will also develop the ability to use a range of sources and interpretations critically.

What will help pupils to learn?

You will need a positive attitude, resilience and the willingness to share your thoughts and ideas. Reading and watching anything to do with history will also help you to develop an understanding and engagement with the subject.

KS3 Course Structure

Year 7

Autumn Term: Medieval realms from 1066 until the Black Death

Spring Term: The Tudors from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I

Summer Term: The Stuarts and the Civil War, from James I to Charles I

Year 8

Autumn Term: The impact of the British Empire in Africa and India

Spring Term: Slavery and the abolition movement to Civil Rights in the USA

Summer Term: The impact of the Industrial Revolution on Britain. Was the Titanic significant?

Year 9

Autumn Term: Was World War One badly led and badly fought?

Spring Term: The rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust

Summer Term: An introduction to GCSE USA 1910-1929 in-depth study

KS3 Assessment

Students are assessed using GCSE grades 9-1. As part of the school’s assessment policy at KS3, a GCSE style assessment is sat to reflect and meet the demands of the new GCSE. Year 7 and 8 also complete end of year exams assessing all of the content they have covered within that academic year.

KS4 Course Structure

EDUQAS 9-1 GCSE History

Unit 1B: British study in-depth, the Elizabethan age 1558-1603

Unit 1H: Non-British study in-depth, USA 1910-29, a Nation of Contrasts

50% of GCSE assessed over two exam papers in Year 11

Unit 2B: Study in breadth, Germany 1919-91

Unit 2G: Thematic study, changes in health and medicine in Britain c500- the present day

50% of GCSE assessed over two exam papers in Year 11

KS4 Assessment

All units will be assessed at the end of each half term in linear GCSE assessments. A full mock will take place upon the completion of teaching of each component of the course. Full mock exams will take place at the end of Year 10 and Spring term of Year 11.


Mr I Sargent

Head of History

Miss S Adams

Second in Department in charge of KS3 and Teacher of History

Mr D Howden

Teacher of History

Opportunities out of lessons

Year 7: A visit to Warwick Castle in the summer term

Year 8: International Slavery Museum, Liverpool, in the Spring term

Year 9: Imperial War Museum, London in the Spring term

KS4: Hitler on trial theatre production. A site visit to Eyam village to study the causes and effects of the plague

Career Pathways in this subject

  • Teaching
  • Legal profession
  • Police
  • A-Levels/ undergraduate/ post-graduate degrees
  • Accountancy
  • Journalism
  • Civil service administrator
  • Archivist
  • Archaeologist
  • PPC Specialist
  • Editorial assistant
  • Information officer