Subject Intent: Why History?

Our History curriculum intends to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. History A-Level will help students gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic and cultural perspectives. These skills are vital for young people as they start to develop a wider awareness of the political world around them.

What will I study?

The Tudors, 1485–1603 This option allows students to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
  • How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
  • How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
  • How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
  • How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups?
Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917– 1953 This option provides for the study in depth of the coming and practice of communism in Russia. It explores concepts such as:
  • Marxism
  • Communism
  • Leninism and Stalinism
  • Ideological control and dictatorship
The NEA – The Wars of the Roses and its origins – find out the real history that inspired Game of Thrones. This coursework requires students to investigate the nature of kingship in the 14th and 15th centuries.


Please note: Subject videos have been filmed from colleges across our Trust.

What are lessons like in this subject?

History we engage learners with sources and text written by historians and use these to interpret events from the past. We use quizzes to test student content, whilst prompting students to beat their best score. We promote academic literature which supports student learning, and invite guest speakers who are passionate about their subject.

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I have enjoyed studying history this year because it involves not just exam questions, but also learning more about the countries and the era, which broadens your knowledge. It’s not all about statistics and dates, you also learn about personality and relationships of the famous characters like Henry VIII and Stalin, which has really interested me. There is a good mix of own knowledge and picking out data, which makes history a perfect lesson to study.

Matthew Lovell, Buttershaw Business and Enterprise College

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