KS3: MYP History

  • Module 1 – Skills and Roman Britain
  • Module 2 – 1066 and the Norman Conquest
  • Module 3 – The Medieval Church
  • Module 4 – The Black Death
  • Module 5 – Henry VIII and the Reformation
  • Module 6 – The Tudor Monarchs and their impact
  • Module 1 – English Civil War
  • Module 2 – British Empire
  • Module 3 – Industrial Revolution
  • Module 4 – World War 1
  • Module 5 – World War 2
  • Module 6 – Holocaust
  • Module 1 – Emancipation in Britain
  • Module 2 – Equality in Britain
  • Module 3 – Russian Revolution
  • Module 4 – Communism and Fascism in Europe
  • Module 5 – Cold War
  • Module 6 – Civil Rights in America

KS3 students will develop a great understanding of the history of Britain, beginning in Roman Britain and ending in the modern day and its place in the world. They will discover how law was formed, the struggle between the monarchy and the church, the impact of the industrial revolution and the societal changes in Europe of the 20th century. 

  • Criteria A – Knowledge and Understanding
  • Criteria B – Research and Investigation
  • Criteria C – Communication
  • Criteria D – Critical Thinking

The IB MYP gives students the opportunity to gain various skills vital to historians, but also those utilised throughout all of academia. For example, the ability to think critically based on various different points of view, to gain and retain knowledge on a variety of areas and to delve deeper into certain areas that pique their interest.

The MYP ATL’s and learner profiles give our KS3 students an earlier foundation and understanding of how to apply and explore the necessary skills to excel at all key stages in History.

Additional Resources/Information: 

KS4: GCSE History

Course Outline

The course includes a study of Crime and Punishment c1000 to present, the American West c1835 – c1895, Early Elizabethan England c1558 – c1588 and Weimar and Nazi Germany. These units are either in-depth in a short period of time, or they cover a breadth of time designed to give students an understanding of how changes occur across hundreds of years.

By offering a broad range of international, British and European history, students develop a keen understanding of the world they inhabit and are well placed to become global citizens.

For more information about history in Year 10, please contact Ms Odetunde using the email above.

A summary of Year 10 content

Year 10 students have 3 hours of history lessons per week.

  • Paper 1: Crime and Punishment through time, c.1000 – Present and Whitechapel, c. 1870- c. 1900.
  • Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England, 1558 – 1588 and The American West, c. 1835 – c. 1895.

A summary of Year 11 content

Year 11 students have 3 hours of history lessons per week.

  • Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany c1918 – c1939

Schedule of learning

  • Module 1 – Crime and Punishment c.1000 – c. 1700
  • Module 2 – Crime and Punishment c. 1700 – c. Present
  • Module 3 – Whitechapel, c 1870 – c. 1900: Crime, policing and the inner city.
  • Module 4 – Early Elizabethan England
  • Module 5 – Early Elizabeth England
  • Module 6 – American West

Schedule of learning

  • Module 1 – American West
  • Module 2 – Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Module 3 – Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Module 4 – Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Module 5 – Revision and skills practise
  • Module 6 – GCSEs

KS4 curriculum is implemented as follows:

  • 3 hours of history lesson per week (1 lesson dedicated to examination question practice)
  • Retrieval questions in every lesson
  • Fortnightly knowledge checks 
  • HW (SENECA and Skills based)

At SCWA we believe to understand your History is to understand your existence hence our history curriculum underpins the foundation and development of our student’s understanding of the local, national and global society in which we coexist. At SCWA through the history curriculum we enable students to develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British and wider world history – we provide opportunities for students to explore and gain historical perspective by applying their developing skills into different contexts – we enrich their cultural capital to enable social and economic mobility – we encourage students to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.

At SCWA we engage students in historical enquiry, to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers – we ensure that students are equipped to deal with the demands of the GCSE curriculum, the rigours of A Level and Degree study and to use transferable skills in the world of work.

Exam Board Information

  • Edexcel GCSE History (9-1)

Additional Information/ Resources

  • Crime and Punishment in Britain Revision Guide and Workbook (ISBN-13: 978-1292169705)
  • The American West Revision Guide and Workbook (ISBN-13: 978-1292169774)
  • Early Elizabethan England Revision Guide and Workbook (ISBN-13: 978-1292169712)
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany Revision Guide and Workbook (ISBN-13: 978-1292169736)

KS5: A Level History

Course Outline

A-level History is a highly respected subject, which prepares students for a number of career paths in the future. A Level History requires students to study the history of more than one country or state, including at least one outside of the British Isles. British history comprises at least 20% of the course. The topics cover a chronological range of at least 200 years. Students undertake breadth and depth studies, and develop key historical skills such as analysis, evaluation and interpretation.

At SCWA, students will cover America from 1917-1996, the Indian independence movement, and the development of the British Empire, as well as completing an independent study into the origins of the Cold War. 

In year 12, you will study two of the four papers. 

In Search of the American Dream 1917-1996 is a diverse look at contemporary America, focusing on 4 themes; the political spectrum, civil rights, society and culture in change and the changing quality of life, in order to really answer whether the American Dream really is achievable? This is supported by a depth study debating America’s arguably most controversial president; Reagan. This paper is assessed in a 2hr15 exam, where students answer 3 questions; two judgement style questions, and one based on interpretations of Reagan/

India c1914-19148; The Road to Independence, allows a deeper understanding of how and why India achieved independence, followed by the act of Partition and the creation of Pakistan and later Bangladesh. Students will investigate the work of individuals such as Gandhi, Nehru and Jinnah in their fight for independence. This paper includes a  judgement question and a source analysis, and the exam is 1hr30.

Year 13 comprises the third paper and coursework. 

Britain: Losing and Gaining an Empire 1763-1914, is a study of the development of the British Empire, and how the loss of the American colonies marked a turning point for Britain. Depth studies cover British America, Australia, Canada, India and Egypt, with a focus on how trade and the Navy were crucial to the success of the Empire. This is assessed through a 2hr15 exam, which includes two judgement essays, and a source analysis question. 

Coursework is an independent study into the causes of the Cold War, using historians’ interpretations. It consists of one 4000 word essay, which will contribute to 20% of the overall grade.   

Exam Board Information

  • Edexcel A-Level History Route F

Additional Resources/Information: 

  • Edexcel A Level History Paper 1&2: Searching for rights and freedoms in the 20th century (ISBN: 9781447985334).  This book includes the South Africa unit, which we do not cover.
  • Edexcel A Level History Paper 3: Britain: losing and gaining an empire 1763-1914 (ISBN: 9781447985341)