Course Outline

Key Stage 3

At KS3 students study an overview of British and European History from 750 AD to 1945. The purpose of this course is to develop some of the core historical skills and knowledge that students will need to help them study GCSE History in KS4. In Year 7, students are given two hours a week to study KS3 History, whilst in Year 8 they are given one hour!

In Year 9, students who have opted for history do a transitional course from KS3 History to GCSE. At the end of the year students do an assessment on the significance of the Munich Agreement and then either study GCSE OCR History Modern World Context or GCSE OCR Applied History. In Year 9, students are allocated two hours a week to study history.


At KS4 students who do this qualification focus on the turbulent history of the twentieth century, its key events, people, changes and issues. Viewing history from both a national and global perspective, students will learn about international relations, global conflict and the political development of key countries, and take a detailed look at changes in British society 1890 - 1918.

Key Topics

Year 7:

  • Introductory Module - what is history?
  • Invaders and Settlers 750 Ad - 1066.
  • Why did William win the battle of Hastings?
  • How did William keep control of England?
  • How fair was medieval society?
  • What were the consequences of the break with Rome?

Year 8:

  • What were the causes of the English Civil War?
  • The industrial Revolution 1750 - 1900.

Year 9:

  • What were the causes of the First World War?
  • How fair was the Treaty of Versailles, 1919?
  • How successful was the League of Nations in the 1920s?
  • Why did the League of Nations fail in the 1930s?
  • How far was the Second World War caused by Adolf Hitler?
  • What impact did the Second World War have on British Society?


Year 9: International Relations 1919 - 1939

  • How fair was the Treaty of Versailles?
  • Why did the League of Nations fail?
  • What were the causes of the Second World War?
  • How fair was British Society in 1900?

Year 10: British Society 1890 - 1918 & Germany 1918 - 1945.

  • Why did the Liberals introduce their reforms in 1906?
  • How successful were the Liberal reforms at making British society fairer?
  • What impact did the First World War have on British Society?
  • Why did some women get the vote in 1918?
  • Weimar Germany 1918 - 1929
  • Nazi Germany 1929 - 1945.

Year 11: The USA, Land of freedom 1945 - 1975

  • The Red Scare and McCarthyism
  • Black Civil Rights
  • Women's Civil Rights
  • Native Americans & Hispanic Civil Rights
  • Revision