HISTORY department

The syllabus reflects the nature of the students in the school and is broad and international in scope.

In Key Stage 3, the following areas of study are investigated: the establishment and the development of Ancient China; the way of life of the native Indians of America; the Mughel conquest of India; the European conquest of Africa and the development and subsequent abolition of the slave trade; the emergence of Japan in the Far East; Mohammad and the development and extension of Islam.

Even more important than the areas of study, is the fact that it is the necessary skills which we are aiming to transmit.

At GCSE level, obviously the syllabus is determined by the Examination Board. We have chosen a syllabus that again reflects the international nature of the students – i.e. Twentieth Century World and European History. Some of the major issues of this conflictive century are dealt with: World Wars, Communism, Fascism, the Cold War, the ending of the Cold War. Again, the students are required to analyse complicated source material, and make increasing use of the new technologies to deepen their research and understanding.

At ‘A’ level, History is regarded as a rigorous and thorough academic discipline, highly prized by universities. The syllabus consists of a detailed study of the problematic Middle East, Republicanism, Civil War and Franco’s Dictatorship in Spain, the impact of warfare as a cause for change by making reference to Britain’s involvement in the Crimean, Boer and First World Wars. The syllabus also contains a synoptic unit upon the causes and development of the French Revolution plus the students own individual research assignment.

History is a popular subject, offering much to the student’s personal and academic development.

Mr. S. Mellon
Head of History