Key Stage 3

Students in Key Stage Three will study the following topics. These topics have been chosen to give students the opportunity to develop a wide variety of historical skills, and an understanding of the world in which we live today

History - What we will learn

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History is a fascinating subject and the Modern World period includes topics that give an insight into events that are happening today.  You will learn a great deal about where today’s society has come from and how our history plays an important part in shaping who we are.  In addition to interesting subject content it develops many useful skills.  You will become critical of what you read and develop your ability to reason and argue your point of view, using evidence to support your opinion.

Paper 1: Crime and Punishment c.1000-present day

Students will show an understanding of causation, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance. Topics include: Medieval crime, trial and punishments including the brutal, superstitious and violent ‘Trials by ordeal’, Gunpowder plot, Hopkins’s witch trials, the case of Derek Bentley, changes to the prison system, the inception of a modern and effective police force. We also finish this module with a case study analysing the ‘Historic environment’ – Whitechapel 1870-1900 with particular reference to the crime and policing of Jack the Ripper.

Paper 2: Elizabethan England AND American West

Elizabeth I is one of the most famous monarchs in English history. Some people have admired her so much they have called her ‘Good Queen Bess’ and even ‘Gloriana’ because she was so gloriously successful. This GCSE course gives pupils the opportunity to study in depth the issues Elizabeth faced and decide for themselves whether she deserves such a successful reputation. Topics include: the problems she faced upon accession, the Religious settlement of 1559, the plots to assassinate her and reasons for exploration.

The American West will pose a series of probing and deep questions – why were the plains Indians targeted so ferociously by the US government? Was this a genocide? If so, why hasn’t it been classed as one and studied as prominently as others in history? We also look at the development of the plains, the gold rushes and the impact the railroad had on the development of the USA as it became one of the world’s super powers.

Paper 3: The USA at home and abroad

This unit is all about attempts to progress Civil Rights across mid twentieth century USA. We compare the roles, strategies and beliefs of MLK and Malcolm X. We study the progress made in education, ending segregation and the Civil Rights Acts before analysing the significance of the opposition to this bid for equality. The topic ends with an in depth look at the origins, outcomes and consequences of the Vietnam war.

How is it assessed?

By the end of Year 11 you will have completed 4 units including three external examinations.

What can I do once I have completed the course?

History is highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers and can give entry to higher qualifications in subjects such as Law, Economics and Sociology. There are also many areas of employment directly related to history such as museums and the media. The first step after GCSE would be to apply for our sixth form and carry on your studies with us as  stepping stone to university further down the line.

Qualification: GCSE History

Exam Board: Edexcel