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.

  • Life in Medieval England
  • 1066 and all that
  • The Crusades
  • Wars of the Roses
  • European Renaissance
  • Life in Tudor England
  • Henry VIII
  • Mid-Tudor Crisis: Edward and Mary
  • Elizabeth I
  • James I: Witchcraft & Gunpowder Plot
  • English Civil War
  • Great Fire of London
  • Glorious Revolution
  • Slavery
  • French Revolution
  • Agricultural Revolution
  • Industrial Revolution
  • Scientific Revolution
  • Democracy in the UK
  • England and Ireland
  • British Empire
  • Titanic
  • World War One
  • Interwar Years
  • Life in Nazi Germany
  • World War Two
  • World War Two: Home Front
  • Holocaust



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.

Unit 1: Medicine and Treatment

Students will show an understanding of causation, change, continuity, similarity, difference and significance. Topics include: Egyptian mummification, medicine in Roman Britain, including the influence of the ideas of Hippocrates, supernatural explanations for diseases and the belief in the theory of the ‘Four Humours’, medicine at the time of the Black Death.

Unit 2: Life in Nazi Germany c1919–c1945

This unit explores the setting up and nature of the Nazi government. The emphasis is the impact on, and the reactions of differing groups of people in Germany living under the Nazis. Topics Include: The rise of the Nazi Party, the consequences for Germany of the Wall Street crash of 1929, Nazi methods of control, opposition and resistance to the Nazi government, Nazi policies towards women and the young, Nazi treatment of minorities including the ‘final solution’, discrimination and persecution including the Nuremberg Laws and Kristallnacht.

Unit 3: The Impact of War on Britain c1914–c1950

This unit is all about attempts by the government to ensure the safety of civilians and to mobilize them in the war effort. Topics Include: the civilian experience of total war, propaganda and censorship, air raids and bombs, Britain in the Blitz, home front experiences – black outs, “Make do and Mend”, “Dig for Victory”, rationing and evacuation, the use of the media and entertainment.

Unit 4: Crime, policing and punishment 1880 –1990: Jack the Ripper

Topics include: policing, law and order in the 19th century, developments in investigative policing c1880–c 1990 increasing use of forensic science, technology; fingerprinting, creation of the CID; Case Studies: investigations into Jack the Ripper and Dr Crippen.

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.

Qualification: GCSE History

Exam Board: Edexcel

Code: 2HB01