Year 7:

A brief summary of each of the topics to be covered

  • What is history?
  • Pre 1066 Britain with a focus on the Romans.
  • The Succession Crisis of 1066
  • William’s consolidation of power over England
  • Challenges to the power of the monarchy (including the Church and Magna Carta)
  • Black Death and Peasants’ Revolt
  • Religious changes under the Tudors
  • Elizabeth’s England
  • The creation of Empire and its impact on Britain and the World
  • The Transatlantic slave Trade and its legacy
  • Throughout students will be assessing political, social, economic and religious changes in each of the time periods discussed: Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Medieval, Tudor, Early Modern
  • A more specific breakdown of each term can be seen below.

 Year 7 Term 1:

In this term students will bridge the gap from primary to secondary history looking firstly at Britain’s History before 1066, focusing on Roman Britain. Students will then look in depth at the events of 1066 and the Norman Conquest that followed. The aim of these two modules is to give students an understanding of how Britain changed over time and the impact migration/invasion had on Britain. Students will assess the extent to which the Normans changed Britain’s society, politics and economy in comparison to what came before.

Year 7 Term 2:

In this term students will study the social, religious, political and economic changes that occurred throughout the Medieval and Tudor periods. This will be done through the selection of key events in the period, including but not limited to the Black Death and Magna Carta. Through this students will be able to see the early foundations of modern Britain as well as begin to assess how far Britain changed. The second half of this Term will see an in depth focus on the religious changes during the Tudor Period to understand this significant event in British History and understand not only why Britain is a protestant country historically but also how religious changes led to significant events.

Year 7 Term 3:

In this term students will first focus on the British Empire, its impact on Britain and its impact on the world. Students will assess both the social, economic and political changes Empire brought to Britain but also these changes in the context of countries and areas that were subjugated to British imperial rule. The aim here is for students to understand the legacy of Empire not only in the context of Britain but the world. Following on from this students will study the Transatlantic Slave trade, looking at Britain’s role in creating and ending the trade as well as the legacy this event has left on the world. These two units are thought provoking ones and students will be encouraged to voice their opinions in order for us to address negative aspects of Britain’s history while also understanding how this period underpinned developments that we will look at next year.

Year 8:

A brief summary of each of the topics to be covered

  • The causes and significance of the Industrial Revolution
  • What society was like in Industrial towns
  • Causes and Events of the First World War
  • The inter-war years with a specific focus upon the legacy of WWI and the rise of dictatorships through a case study of Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Key turning points of the Second World War in Europe
  • A case study on the end of WWII and the use of atomic weaponry
  • The Holocaust
  • A look at historical genocides with the aim of identifying what drives people to hate and commit genocides in order to teach students what we can do to prevent this
  • A case study on Local and Multicultural Birmingham and Britain
  • Throughout students will be assessing political, social, economic and religious changes in each of the time periods discussed: Roman, Anglo-Saxon, Norman, Medieval, Tudor, Early Modern
  • A more specific breakdown of each term can be seen below.

Year 8 Term 1:

In this term students will look at the Industrial Revolution in Britain, assessing the extent to which Britain changed socially, politically and economically as a result. We will link back to previous terms to allow students to understand that events do not happen in isolation as well as looking at specific case studies to allow student to understand what it was like to be in the Industrial period. Following this we will look at the causes and events of the First World War. Here we will look at how a war on this scale was possible as well as assessing the experiences of individuals during the war.

Year 8 Term 2:

Students will look at the events following WWI with an aim of understanding how in this period dictatorships were able to be created. They will do this through a focus on Germany between 1918 and 1939 assessing the impact of world events such as the Treaty of Versailles, Hyperinflation and the Great Depression created an opportunity for Hitler to come to power. Students will have a chance to question the role of the media in this and what we could do to ensure this does not occur in the future. Following this students will look at the events in Germany under Hitler up to 1939 to see how life changed for individuals and how this helped cause WWII which will also be examined to understand some of the turning points of the war in Europe primarily before looking at the moral implications of the decision to use atomic weaponry in the pacific theatre. Again this term gives students a chance to question and engage to draw parallels to modern issues.

Year 8 Term 3:

Students will engage with the Holocaust and other genocides with the aim of answering the following two questions: Why do people hate and what can we do to prevent this. The focus of this unit will be on the Holocaust itself, dealt with respectfully and appropriately using national guidance before moving onto a more overarching look at genocides to open conversations to address the above questions.

To round out year 8 we will look at a case study of Birmingham over time as well as multiculturalism impact on Birmingham and Britain. This is to engage students in a history of their local city and to engage with the positive impact and contributions of multiculturalism before questioning how British History is and should be remembered.


Paper Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment


Paper 2 part A: British depth study


Paper 2 part B: Period study


Paper 3: Modern depth study


What Topic will I be learning? Medicine in Britain, c1250–present
and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.
Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88


Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91


Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39


Key content:
  • Medicine in Medieval Britain
  • The Medical Renaissance in England
  • Medicine in the eighteenth and nineteenth century Britain
  • Medicine in Modern Britain
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Anglo Saxon society
  • The Succession Crisis and the Norman Conquest
  • William I securing power over England
  • Anglo-Saxon resistance
  • Norman changes; politics and society
  • The end of Williams reign
  • The Origins of the Cold War, 1941-58
  • Cold War crises, 1958-70
  • The end of the Cold War, 1970-91
  • The establishment of the Weimar Republic
  • The Weimar Republic 1918-29
  • Hitler’s rise to power 1919-33
  • Nazi control and establishing dictatorship, 1933-39
  • Life in Nazi Germany,1933-39
Length of exam 1 hour 15 minutes 1 hour 2 hours 30 minutes Coursework so no exam.
Number of Marks 52 32 32 52
Weighting 30% 20% 20% 30% 

Year 9:

Year 9 is a specialism year where students chose to take History, as such we engage in more in depth studies moving forward. To start with we look at what historians use to define time, its positives and negatives of doing so as well as categorising what the main time periods were like. This is to solidify understanding form year 7 and 8 while preparing students with the required content for the history as a specialist subject.

Following this students will engage in a thematic topic called ‘Medicine through Time’ which they will continue into year 10. During this students will look to gain a firm grasp of the social implications medicine and public health has played in British History. This allows students an overarching narrative of British medicine with which students can gain an insight into the social constructs of Britain over time.

Year 10:

Once students have completed their medicine study and linking this to the GCSE specification they will look at the British depth study: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England. This topic aims to examine in depth the major changes William brought to England. This allows students to develop their comparison skills. Through this comparison students will understand how Britain changed its social, economic, political and religious landscape. Students will have studied this in year 7 and this acts a foundation which we can use to examine specific events with added detail.

Following this students will begin their non-British depth study: Weimar Germany 1918-39.  During Year 10 this will focus on the events between 1918 and 1933 looking at key points in Germany’s history throughout this time, including the creation of their constitution, internal turmoil, the rise of the Nazi party and the Great Depression. This is taught through the examining of sources and interpretations so acts as an opportunity to develop their analytical skills.

Year 11:

Students continue their study of the Weimar Republic, focusing on the events that occurred between 1933 and 1939, understanding the changes that the Nazi brought to the country. Again this is an opportunity for students to develop their source skills and research techniques.

Once this has been completed students will look at their final topic: Superpower Relations. This topic aims to demonstrate how modern international politics has impacted the world and shapes the political landscapes of today. It is also intended that students will be able to understand the importance foreign relations can play on the domestic as well as international role of a country’s government through the lenses of the Cold War.


During students time studying A-level history at Kingshurst students will complete the following courses:

  • Paper 1: British period study and enquiry: England 1547-1603: Later Tudors
  • Paper 2: Non-British period study: The Cold War in Europe 1941-1995
  • Paper 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations: Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

In addition to this this you will write a 3-4000 word essay based on the Cold War unit, this allows you to carry out your own investigation into a specific aspect of the Cold War and follow your own lines of enquiry, building the independence that you will need to be successful once you have completed the course.

Each topic is assessed using different styles of question, see below:

Paper Paper 1: British period study and enquiry Paper 2: Non-British period study Paper 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations NEA: Topic based essay


What will I learn? Within this unit you will learn about the Mid Tudor Crisis and the stability of the Tudor Monarchy from Henry VIII until Queen Elizabeth I. You will investigate the political intrigue of the time through contemporary sources and historian’s accounts. Within this unit you will investigate the causes, events and consequences of key aspects of the Cold War in Europe. Within this unit you will investigate the way different social groups fought for and gained Civil Rights in America. The social groups in question are:

·      African Americans

·      Trade Unions

·      Native Americans

·      Women

Within this unit you will have the opportunity to investigate your own enquiry question through your own key investigation.
Length of exam 1 hour 30 minutes 1 hour 2 hours 30 minutes Coursework so no exam.
How many lessons a fortnight 3 3 4 Replaces the three Cold War lessons at the end of year 12.
Number of Marks 50 30 80 40
Weighting 25% 15% 40% 20%
Exam Questions Question 1: Four sources given – assess how far they support a particular view (30 marks)

Question 2: Choose one of two essay questions (20 marks)

Choose from two sets of questions. Either 1a AND 1b or 2a AND 2b

Question (a): Which of the following (two options given to assess the impact of (10 marks)

Question (b): Essay question (20 marks)

Question 1: Evaluate two interpretations and decide which is the most convincing (30 marks)

Question 2: Three possible questions, choose two (25 marks)

Essay question based on the Cold War.