History
KEY STAGE 3.
Year 7
The history of Wales and England in the Middle Ages was studied with specific references to the effects of the Norman Conquest, the life of the people, towns in the Middle Ages, life on the Manor, the Black Death and the Age of the Welsh Princes and castles. A variety of skills are also developed such as using and evaluating sources, interpreting the past and communicating information in various ways.

Year 8
The history of Wales and England between 1485 and 1660 is studied with specific references to the nature of the monarchy, interpretations of Henry VIII, religious changes, the Age of Elizabeth I and threats such as Mary Queen of Scots and the Armada, the work of William Morgan and the English Civil War and its effects. A variety of skills are further developed such as using and evaluating sources, interpreting the past and communicating information in various ways.

Year 9
The history of Wales and England during the Industrial Revolution is studied with emphasis on causes, changes and results during the autumn term. Conflicts during the twentieth century are studied during the spring and summer terms including the First World War, Gandhi and the battle for India’s independence, Palestina and the protests in Wales during the 1960s. Historical skills in using and evaluating sources, interpreting the past and communicating information in various ways are further developed.

KEY STAGE 4.
The GCSE History course is a vehicle to prepare candidates to meet the ever changing demands of the modern world. The candidates are encouraged to adopt an enquiring approach to the study of History. The syllabus provides candidates with opportunities to study a range of options, including non-British history as well as Welsh and British history.

The syllabus has been designed to make an important contribution to the whole school curriculum and can deliver a number of cross-curricular themes such as economic and industrial awareness and cross-curricular skills such as communication and information technology. The Department may organise visits appropriate to the courses offered.

Paper 1 – 1 hr Exam - 25%
Depression, War and Recovery 1930 - 51

Paper 2 – 1 hr Exam - 25%
The USA: A Nation of Contrasts 1910 - 29

Paper 3 – 1 hr 15mins - 30%
Thematic Study: To be Confirmed

Controlled Assessment - 20%
The controlled assessment will involve the completion of two separate tasks, one with a focus on source evaluation within the creation of an historical narrative and one with a focus on the formation of different historical interpretations of history.

Pupils will sit either paper 1 or paper 2 at the end of year 10 with the other paper sat with paper 3 at the end of year 11.

KEY STAGE 5.
Outline of AS and A2 courses:
AS:-
Unit 1– A period study of the History of Wales and England 1485-1603 e.g. Religious Reformation, rebellions, revolution in government and foreign policy e.g. the Catholic Threat.
Unit 2 - In-depth study (Part 1): Weimar Germany 1918-1933: How Germany tried to deal with her problems after the Great War and the rise of the Nazi Party.

A2:-
Unit 3 – Students will study one of eight topics ranging from the early medieval to late twentieth century history. (Topic yet to be decided)
Unit 4 - In depth study (Part 2): Nazi Germany 1933-45
Unit 5 - Historical Interpretations: Individual research: 3-4,000 words.

Assessment Structure:
Unit 1 – External examination: June Yr12 1 hour 30 minutes. 60 marks 20%

Open-ended essays
Unit 2 – External examination: June Yr12 1 hour 30 minutes. 60 marks 20%

Evidence based questions on sources
Unit 3 – External examination: June Yr13 1 hour and 45 minutes 60 marks 20%

Unit 4 – External examination: June Yr13: 1 hour and 45 minutes 60 marks 20%

Unit 5 – Historical Interpretations: no examination. 60 marks 20%

A pupil who has not studied History GCSE can study the subject at AS and A Level.