A Level: AQA A Level (7042)
GCSE: AQA GCSE History (8145)



  • A Breadth Study: The Tudors 1485-1603
  • A Depth Study: Democracy and Nazism, 1918-1945
  • Non – Exam Assessment (NEA)


Examination: Two examinations

Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World (50% of GCSE)

  • America 1840-1895: Expansion and Consolidation
  • Conflict and Tension 1894-1918

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation (50% of GCSE)

  • Britain’s Health and the People c1000 to the present day

Elizabethan England c1568-1603



Year 7:

  • Norman Conquest
  • Black Death
  • Peasants Revolt
  • The Tudors
  • English Civil War
  • British Empire
  • Impact of the Slave Trade

Year 8:

  • Causes of World War One
  • The Battle of the Somme
  • Life on the Home Front
  • Hitler’s rise to power
  • Life in Nazis Germany
  • The Holocaust
  • Battles of WW2
  • American Civil Rights Movement


Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

America, 1840-1895: Expansion and Consolidation

  • Part one: Expansion: opportunities and challenges. The geography of North America. Why the early settlers went west and the challenges they faced; the journey west. Dealing with a different culture: the Plains Indians’ way of life.
  • Part two: Conflict across America Increasing conflict on the Plains. The Indian Wars c1862-1867. The background to the American Civil War. the social and economic impact of the American Civil War on civilian populations.
  • Part three: Consolidation: forging the nation.

The aftermath of the American Civil War. The continued settlement of the west: the Homesteaders. The resolution of ‘the Indian problem’ after 1865.

Conflict and Tension, 1894-1895

  • Part one: The causes of the First World War. The Alliance System. Anglo-German rivalry. The Outbreak of war. 
  • Part two: The First World War: stalemate. The Schlieffen Plan. The Western Front including trench warfare. Key battles, including Verdun, the Somme and Passchendaele, The wider war: the war on other fronts. 
  • Part three: Ending the war Changes in the Allied Forces. Military developments in 1918 and their contribution to Germany’s defeat. 

Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Britain Health and the People: c1000 to the Present Day

  • Part one: Medicine stands still. Medieval medicine. Medical progress. The Black Death in Britain. 
  • Part two: The beginnings of change. The impact of the Renaissance on Britain: challenge to medical authority in anatomy, physiology and surgery. Dealing with disease: traditional and new methods of treatments. Prevention of disease: inoculation; Edward Jenner, vaccination and opposition to change. 
  • Part three: A revolution in medicine. The development of Germ Theory and its impact on the treatment of disease in Britain. A revolution in surgery: anesthetics, antiseptics. Improvements in public health: public health problems in industrial Britain. 
  • Part four: Modern medicine. Modern treatment of disease: the development of the pharmaceutical industry. The impact of war and technology on surgery. Modern public health. 

Elizabethan England, c1568-1603

  • Part one: The background and character of Elizabeth I. Elizabeth’s court and Parliament. Elizabeth I and her court.;
  • Part two: Life in Elizabethan times. A ‘Golden Age’: living standards and fashions
  • Part three: Troubles at home and abroad. Religious matters. Mary Queen of Scots: background; Elizabeth and Parliament’s treatment of Mary. Conflict with Spain. The defeat of the Spanish Armada. 
  • Part four: The historic environment of Elizabethan England. The historic environment is 10% of the overall course, which equates to approximately 12 hours out of 120 guided learning hours. Students will be examined on a specific site in depth. This site will be as specified and will be changed annually.