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Aims of the History Department

To develop a positive attitude to the subject and increase confidence, enjoyment and interest in historical events.

Pupils will acquire knowledge, skills concepts and techniques related to enhance their historical understanding.

Henry VIII

Henry VIII


Year 7

  • Skills required to become an Historian
  • The history of the UK, London and Enfield
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • Castles
  • Life in the Middle Ages
  • Medieval Monarchs

Year 8

  • The Tudors and the Reformation
  • Pirates and witches
  • The English Civil War
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Slavery

Year 9

  • The causes of the First World War
  • An outline of the First World War
  • The causes of the Second World War
  • An outline of the Second World War
  • The causes and consequences of the Holocaust

GCSE History

Examination Board: Edexcel 

Battlefield Ypres

Battlefield Ypres

History is a very enjoyable subject and a popular option, which provides an opportunity to build on Key Stage 3 knowledge of the of the wider world and to continue to develop key skills.

History is widely recognised by all colleges, universities and employers as a subject that develops an understanding of the world we live in and the events of the last 1000 years, which help to explain the problems and opportunities of the world today.  In History pupils will improve their ability to judge whether they are being told the truth, to construct a logical argument, to communicate effectively and clearly and develop skills in the interpretation and evaluation of source material. The course provides a sound basis for study at a higher level.

What pupils study

Three units worth 30%, 40% and 30% of the qualification.

  • Unit 1 - Thematic Study: Crime and Punishment in Britain c1000 - present.
  • Unit 2 - British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England 1558-1588 and Period Study: Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991
  • Unit 3 - Modern Depth Study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939.

Unit 1 is worth 30% of the qualification and will consist of a written examination to be written within 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Unit 2 is worth 40% of the qualification and is a written examination to be completed within 1 hour and 45 minutes.  Unit 3 is worth 30% of the qualification and is a written examination to be written within 1 hour and 20 minutes.

During Year 10, pupils will study and complete Unit One and Unit Two.  They will sit a mock exam in January and in June.  In Year 11, pupils will study Unit Three.

History Trips

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Into the tunnel Ypres

Educational trips help to generate interest and enrich the curriculum. At KS3 all year groups have the opportunity to participate in a History outing during the academic year.

  • Year 7 Trip to the Tower of London
  • Year 8 Trip to Hampton Court
  • Year 9 Trip to the Ypres, Belgium
  • Year 10-11 - History Symposium at North London Collegiate School, Theatre visit to Hitler on Trial, Residential Trip to Berlin