History


The History department is based in a suite of three rooms on the humanities corridor. There are seven full-time teachers, six are history specialists and one is non-specialist. (Where history may be their second subject).

Students in KS3 have one lesson of history a week, at KS4 students have three lessons per week and at KS5 students have 5 lessons per week.

Wednesday afternoon is used for departmental training and staff training.

As well as formal teaching in a classroom situation our students take part in off-site activities and other special events designed to compliment and excite their learning experience.


Department Staff


Name Position
Mrs C Hodgson Head of Humanities
Miss K Smith Head of History
Mrs S Wardell Teacher of History
Miss L Vipond Teacher of History
Mrs E Jackson Classroom Assistant

Syllabus - Key Stage 3


In year 7, 8 and 9 the students follow the National Curriculum for History. They learn about significant individuals and events from the history of Britain from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They also learn about key aspects of European and world history. They show their understanding by making connections between events and changes in different periods and areas studied, and by comparing structures of societies and economic, cultural and political developments. They evaluate and use sources of information, using their historical knowledge to analyse the past and explain how it can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

In History, students acquire and apply knowledge, skills and understanding in five main areas:

  • chronological understanding
  • knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • historical interpretation
  • historical enquiry
  • organisation and communication
  • These aspects of knowledge, understanding and skills are developed in the programme of study for history through three British studies, a European study and two world studies


Syllabus - GCSE Key Stage 4


This involves the study of key events, people, changes and issues identified through key questions and focus points in the core, depth studies and coursework units. For example, the core is an outline study of international relations between 1919 and 1989, and charts major changes such as the collapse of international peace in the 1930s, and the collapse of communism in Europe in the 1980s. Each of the key questions defines a key issue such as, "To what extent was the League of Nations a success?" Key events such as the signing of the peace treaties in 1919-20, the invasion of Manchuria in 1931, and the Cuban missile crisis are included, as are the roles of key people such as Lloyd George, Hitler and Gorbachev. Nazi Germany 1919-45 looking at the key features and characteristics such as the impact of defeat after World War 1, the rise of Hitler and the Nazi party and life in Nazi Germany.

Students study a significant element of British history. Building on the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired at KS 3. This forms the British Depth Study which requires a study of social change in Britain between 1906 and 1918.

The students complete two pieces of coursework relating to the first World War. This is worth 25% of the final mark and it is supported by a visit abroad to the First World War battlefields of the Somme. Assessment: Public Examination (Paper 1 and Paper 2) Coursework

The course is taught using a variety of learning environments, techniques and strategies. It is supported by using a range of sources of information, including ICT, such as written and visual sources, artefacts, oral accounts and buildings and sites.


Post 16 History


'A' Level History at Macmillan Academy enables you to explore major British, European and World developments from about 1860. You will study the origins of these developments and their impact at the time. As part of your studies you will learn the skills of analysis and interpretation and you will be able to form balanced arguments in response to given problems.

You will be able to choose to study the subject for one year, and gain an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) qualification. You will be able to stop there if you wish, or you can continue for a further year and complete the full 'A' Level.

During the first year you will study 2 modules (Edexcel). Each of these modules will study a different aspect of British, European or World history using a variety of sources and techniques. The details of these modules are as follows:-

Unit 1 – The Expansion and Challenge of Nationalism:


F1: The Unification of Italy c1815-70
This unit will focus on the growth of liberal and nationalist sentiment after 1815 as well as the role of individuals and foreign powers in the unification of Italy.

F2: The Unification of Germanyc 1848-90 This unit will focus on the development of liberalism and nationalism in Germany. It will also assess the role of Bismarck in unifying Germany and how far national identity was created in a unified Germany. (Unit 1 will be examined by a 1 hr 20 paper, essay style questions.)

Unit 2 – Britain and Ireland, 1867-1922


The main focus for this unit is the changing relationship between Britain and Ireland in this period. Students will be expected to know about the reasons for the emergence of Irish nationalism and the ways in which it challenged the traditional relationship with Britain.

(Unit 2 will be examined by a 1hr 20 paper, source based and essay style questions).

During the second year you will have the opportunity to study the following modules:


Unit 3 – From Kaiser to Fuhrer. Germany, 1900-45


The focus of this topic is on Germany in peace and war and the tragic evolution of the culturally sophisticated and economically impressive Second Reich into the Third Reich via the Weimar Republic.

(Unit 3 will be examined by a 2 hour paper, source based and essay style questions).


Unit 4 – The Making of Modern Russia 1856- 1964


This unit explores the similarities and differences between Tsarist Russia and Communist Russia, and the impact on the peasantry of the main economic changes throughout the period.

(Unit 4 will involve the completion of an assignment composed of 2 parts. Part A will involve an enquiry set by the examination centre, and Part B will be a question devised by the student within the context of the course content).



Exam Specifications


Exam Specification
GCSE AQA
A-Level AQA


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