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What will I Learn?

All pupils study history in Years 7 and 8. From Year 9, history is an optional subject. We aim to develop in pupils a love of and fascination for history, and to encourage the key historical skills of analysis and insight. The busy department offers a range of historical trips which help bring the subject to life, including Conisbrough Castle, the Royal Armouries and the Imperial War Museum. At GCSE, there is a residential visit to Berlin, a visit to the play Hitler on Trial and a visit the Thackray Medical Museum.

YearS 7 & 8

Pupils will see how developments from the Norman Conquest to the twenty-first century have helped to shape the society, culture, economy and political structure of modern Britain, and also study the non-European world, including American and African history. Pupils of all ages are introduced to a wide range of stimulus materials and sources of historical evidence – including archive materials, artefacts, exhibits, film and fieldwork.

Year 9

Pupils in Years 9 can choose to continue History and prepare for GCSE. 


The Edexcel History syllabus will engage pupils with a broad and diverse study of the history of Britain and the wider world and give them skills that will support progression to further study of history and a wide range of other subjects. 

The topics that pupils will study are:

Paper 1:

Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918–45

A world divided: superpower relations, 1943–72

Paper 2:

The origins and course of the First World War, 1905-1918

Changes in medicine, c1848–c1948