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Our history curriculum in years 7, 8 and 9 is delivered through our PBL lessons which are an innovative and exciting project based learning approach to humanities.  Please see more about our REAL curriculum by looking at the discreet PBL curriculum page. In PBL we build students capacity to think, speak and write like a historian by ensuring we provide opportunity for our students to become immersed in historical events and evidence and then to scrutinise them carefully through analysis and evaluation.

YEAR 9, 10 AND 11


Students studying GCSE History at Kingsmeadow follow the  Wjec EDUQAS 9-1 Wjec EDUQAS 9-1 course.  The course is made up of the following components:

  • Component 1 - Studies in depth

    • Elizabethan England 1558-1603

    • Germany in transition 1919-1939


  • Component 2 - Studies in breadth

    • USA 1929-2000

    • Medicine and Health over time c500-present day


GCSE history is 100% external examination which is examined in the summer of year 11.  The skills assessed build on the work covered through PBL in years 7-9 and include:

  • Demonstrating knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of the periods studied.

  • Explain and analyse historical events and periods studied using second-order historical concepts. (causation, significance, change and continuity)

  • Analyse, evaluate and use sources of evidence (contemporary to the period) to make substantiated judgements, in the context of historical events studied.

  • Analyse, evaluate and make substantiated judgements about interpretations (including how and why interpretations may differ) in the context of historical events


What you will study?

Examined Units:​

  • Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945

  • The Tudors: England 1485 - 1603


Historical Investigation:

  • A personal study of one hundred years of Black Civil Rights.   3000 - 3500 words


What are the key skills that you will develop?

A-level history builds upon your existing knowledge gained at GCSE, giving you a sound understanding of historical principles. The emphasis of the A-level history course is on historical knowledge and the skills required for historical research, with students gaining knowledge in cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and differences and the use of historical evidence as part of your study.


Key skills include:

  • Critical thinking

  • Analysis

  • Independent study

  • Transferable skills

  • Research

  • Extended writing

How will you be assessed?

Year 12 - 2 external exams.

Year 13 - 2  external exams and one externally marked historical investigation.

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