"History is the only laboratory we have in which to test the consequences of thought.” Etienne Gilson

Key Stage 3

History gives pupils at Churchmead the opportunity to develop essential tools in which they can use to access the past. Transferable skills such as analysis, research, evaluation, formulating opinions, making judgements, corroboration, testing a hypothesis etc. History aims to inspire, intrigue, question and think critically about the past, present and future.

Those who cannot learn from history are doomed to repeat it.

– George Santayana

Pupils will be given the opportunity to study a broad range of topics which include The Roman Empire, The Medieval Period, The Tudors & Stuarts, Native Americans, Britain and the Slave Trade, The Great War and The Second World War. There are also many sub topics within each unit, for example, the Black Death and the English Civil War.



The aims of this course are:


  • To understand, critically analyse and apply historical evidence.
  • To understand the actions and consequences of previous generations in the context of modern history and international relations.
  • To understand how past events have an influence on our lives and society today.
  • To develop transferable skills that can be applied to a wide range of future opportunities.
  • To develop deep questioning and to seek answers, explanations and judgments based on critical thinking, analysis and evidence.



Pupils have the opportunity to explore the past through outline studies, depth studies and source enquiries. Pupils will be able to undertake research projects on topics such as the Suffragettes and who was Jack the Ripper? Pupils will investigate International Relations and the Cold war, the evolution of British Society from the Jarrow Crusade to the development of the Welfare State. Pupils will have the opportunity to “unravel” the tyrannical and evil minds of Adolf Hitler and Joseph Stalin. Pupils will learn about the issue of nuclear weapons and how close the world came to nuclear annihilation in 1962! Pupils will be able to build an awareness and understanding of today’s political climate by studying past events, for example the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan or American foreign policy in the 20th Century. The course also gives pupils the chance to examine and understand modern ideologies such as fascism, communism, capitalism, democracy etc…

Pupils will also develop a significant number of transferable skills that can be applied to a wide range of future opportunities. Analysis, selection, corroboration, critical thought, evaluative, research, formulating judgments and opinions are examples of some of the skills used and developed in GCSE history.

This course offers a simple structure and a clear specification. The course comprises of 4 units. Three of the units are sat as exams at the end of year 11. And one of the units is a Controlled Assessment.

Qualification: GCSE
Exam Board: Edexcel
Course: History A: Modern World History Unit 1: Exam 1hour 15 mins 25%        Peace & War: International Relations 1943 – 1991
Unit 2: Exam 1hour 15 mins 25%        Russia 1917 – 1939
Unit 3: Exam 1hour 15 mins 25%        War & the transformation of British Society c. 1931 – 1951
Unit 4: Controlled Asessment 25%       The Vietnam War

Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.

– Soren Kierkegaard