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History, by its very nature, is a vibrant and fascinating subject. From the soaring heights and sudden collapse of the Roman Empire, through the superstition, intolerance and pestilence of the Medieval period, to the religious and political upheavals under the Tudors and Stuarts, and eventually the dawning of the modern age with all its apparent contradictions, history tells our story. Featuring a cast of characters amongst whom can be found the greatest of heroes and most detestable of villains, it weaves a tale more enthralling than any work of fiction.

Through studying history, students will become reflective and independent learners. History enables students to organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding in creative and different ways and reach substantiated judgements-essential for any employment. We recognise that students’ historical knowledge, understanding and skills help them to understand the present and provide them with a basis for their role as responsible citizens, as well as allowing further study of history.

Key Stage 3 

Year 7


In Year 7 we look at topics to consider the following questions:

  • How do we measure the past?
  • Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
  • How did William the Conqueror keep control of England?
  • What was life like in medieval times?
  • How did the Tudors come to rule England?
  • How successfully did the Tudors rule England?
  • Why was the world ‘turned upside down’ in the 1600s?
  • Why did Britain become a powerhouse of Industry?

Year 8

1800s-Present day

In Year 8 we look at topics to consider the following questions:

  • How great was Great Britain in the 1800s?
  • Why should we continue to remember the First World War?
  • Why did women get the vote?
  • What was life in 1920s America like?
  • Why was there another world war?
  • Why is the world as it is today?


Key Stage 4 

Students study the WJEC Eduqas GCSE (9-1) History course.

Students will sit 4 examinations at the end of Year 11:

Paper 1 (25%) – The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603

Paper 2 (25%) – Germany in Transition, 1919-1939

Paper 3 (25%) – The Development of the UK, 1919-1990

Paper 4 (25%) – Changes in Health and Medicine in Britain, c.500 to the present day.

The course is taught as follows:

Year 9

The Elizabethan Age, 1558-1603

  • How successful was the government of Elizabeth I?
  • How did life differ for the rich and poor in Elizabethan times?
  • What were the most popular types of entertainment in Elizabethan times?
  • How successfully did Elizabeth deal with the problem of religion?
  • Why were the Catholics such a serious threat to Elizabeth?
  • How much of a threat was the Spanish Armada?
  • Why did the Puritans become an increasing threat during Elizabeth’s reign?


Changes in Health and Medicine in Britain, c.500 to the present day

  • What have been the causes of illness and disease over time?
  • How effective were attempts to prevent illness and disease over time?
  • How have attempts to treat illness and disease changed over time?
  • How much progress has been made in medical knowledge over time?

Year 10

Changes in Health and Medicine in Britain, c.500 to the present day

  • How has the care of patients improved over time?
  • How effective were attempts to improve public health and welfare over time?
  • Historic site: The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918 and the treatment and care of the wounded.


Germany in Transition, 1919-1939

  • What challenges were faced by the Weimar Republic from 1919-1923?
  • Why were the Stresemann years considered a ‘golden age’?
  • How and why did the Weimar Republic collapse between 1929 and 1933?
  • How did the Nazis consolidate their power between 1933 and 1934?
  • How did Nazi economic, social and racial policy affect life in Germany?
  • What methods did the Nazis use to control Germany?
  • What factors led to the outbreak of war in 1939?

Year 11

The Development of the UK, 1919-1990

  • What was life like in the Twenties?
  • How were the lives of people affected by the Depression?
  • How were the lives of people on the Home Front affected by war?
  • How did the economic and social policies of the post-war governments change the UK between 1945 and 1960?
  • Why was the 1960s an important decade for the British people?
  • Why was the 1970s a decade of problems?
  • What impact did Margaret Thatcher have on the country between 1979 and 1990?

The remainder of Year 11 is spent preparing for the final examinations.

Examination Support 

WJEC Eduqas website:

Practice exam questions and other revision material is available on the school VLE:

VLE > Resources > History > Year 9, 10 or 11


Useful Websites 

Banovallum History Department Twitter:


WJEC Eduqas website:

BBC Bitesize GCSE History revision:

BBC History magazine website:



History on the net: