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 Key Stage 3 History

In Year 7, we look at life in Medieval England, including how people lived, what they wore, what they did in their spare time and what they ate, among other things. We also follow the chronology of history from the Norman Conquest all the way through to the reign of Henry VII, studying how events changed the country and people's lives.

In Year 8, we pick up the story of the Tudor monarchs from Henry VIII and look at how he changed the Church in England. We then study the other Tudors before moving on to the Stuarts and events such as the Gunpowder Plot. Alongside this, we look at how people's lives had changed since Medieval times and consider new developments like the Renaissance and exploration of the world.

We develop skills throughout Key Stage 3, focusing on an understanding of chronology and anachronisms at the beginning of Year 7 and continuously working on source-analysis skills and skills of explanation and evaluation in preparation for GCSE and A Level.

GCSE History

 History is a facilitator subject’, as stated by the Russell Group.

History is about Life…as it was…. and it helps us to understand our own world now.  It gives us “perspective”.

It is an academic subject which expects you to think for yourself and make your own judgements. You have to build up knowledge of the topics.

It involves discussion and thinking and it is a subject which expects you to write about interpretations and events. You’ll learn how to develop and explain your ideas.

It’s interesting and thought provoking stuff! BUT If you hate WRITING, this is NOT the best subject for you!

History is a popular option and lots of our GCSE students go on to study A Level and also to study for a degree in History.

Course Title: GCSE History
Exam Board: Edexcel
Outcome: GCSE in History
Course Contact: K.Shimoda@lutterworthcollege.com

A-Level History

 A-Level History offers you the opportunity to study a different period of History from that studied at GCSE. We travel back to the turbulent times of the late 15th and 16th Centuries; a time when several aspects of our own modern society were taking shape but also a time with startling differences in the way that people lived their lives. It is a colourful and often dramatic story. This study gives you a different, long-term perspective on the development of society in England and Western Europe . We also include a 20th Century topic as a contrast, which enables students to make links across the years. Studying changes in the USA over the second half of the 20th Century will enable students to gain a deeper understanding of many issues still facing us today.

Many of our students choose to study History at university and we know that universities appreciate students who have   studied more than one historical period in depth. Our students are well equipped to progress to study History at the next level of their education as a result of having studied this course. The NEA coursework is especially helpful in teaching skills needed for future academic study.

History is a well-respected, academic subject. You will be involved in discussion and debate and will soon be able to make   critical judgements on complex matters. We use ICT extensively and the course is well supported by textbooks and printed materials. Written work is, of course, a key skill and we will help you to develop written work and express your knowledge and ideas effectively. All these skills are useful in later life, beyond the subject itself. Most of all, History is a fascinating subject to learn.

Component 1
Breadth Study—The Tudors 1485-1603
Written Exam   2 hours 30 minutes            80 marks      40% of A Level

Component 2
Depth Study—The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980
Written Exam   2 hours 30 minutes           80 marks       40% of A Level

Component 3
Non-Examined Unit (NEA)
Assessed essay of 3000-3500 words      40 marks       20% of A Level 

Course Title: A Level History
Exam Board: AQA
Outcome: A Level in History
Course Contact: K.Shimoda, D.Thompson

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE History is required. If you are choosing History as a “new‟ subject a grade 5 or above in a Humanities subject or English Literature is required.

Other Information

History complements many other subjects. It can also offer a contrast to others. Most students combine it with subjects like English, Sociology, Politics, ICT, Languages and Psychology but we have had many students combine it successfully with the Sciences and Mathematics.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study History at university and for others it becomes a life-long hobby. History offers adaptable skills that can be used in many careers, especially in management. The skills of judgement, organisation, analysis and communication, which History includes, are widely valued.