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The assessment and exam questions from Key Stage 3 use the same question stems as the GCSE, as we like to prepare learners at an early stage for the rigours of GCSE and we know that this model of teaching leads to excellent levels of achievement.

Through Key Stage 4, students develop their skills further and learn how to access higher levels of response. Their explanations become more sophisticated and complex; they start to make substantiated judgements about interpretations.

We have chosen the AQA History GCSE as we believe that it offers our students the best opportunity to achieve their potential. The content and assessment objectives are very clear, and we have been able to deliver lessons that have led to outstanding exam results and cover a diverse range of historical content that helps to shape our learners personally, as well as academically.

The new GCSE has led to a doubling in the amount of content to be delivered and our students have benefitted from starting to develop GCSE skills in Year 9 (again, a transition year to ensure that all learners are coming from equal starting points) and having three years to prepare.  In June of Year 11 students will sit two exams, each lasting two hours and having equal weighting:

  • Paper 1 Section A:  America, 1840 – 1895 Expansion and Consolidation
  • Paper 1 Section B:  Conflict and Tension, 1918 -1939.
  • Paper 2 Section A:  Britain, Health and the People c1000 to the Present Day
  • Paper 2 Section B:  Norman England, 1066 – 1100

Click the link below to download our curriculum delivery overview for History:




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