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All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.


HBAED_Image_Gallery_09We believe every student has the potential to excel at History, that they have an entitlement to learn about the past and to be taught in engaging and stimulating ways. We will work towards sharing our enthusiasm and passion with our students.Underpinning our beliefs are the following:

  • We believe History is a worthwhile discipline in its own right. It is a fascinating, interesting subject. It fires the imagination and stimulates curiosity.
  • It involves the study of a range of subjects including political, economic, religious and social issues, helping develop valuable contextual knowledge and understanding of the world around us.
  • To understand why the world is how it is like today, we need to study the past. History gives you a deeper understanding of the world around you.
  • History is a valuable subject that helps students to think independently, challenge interpretations and make informed judgements of issues and to foster empathy with people living in diverse places and at different times.
  • History requires students to handle evidence and and demands the ability to present an argument in a clear and straightforward manner. It also helps students develop the craft and discipline of writing.  

We therefore strongly believe the study of History will help develop students’ academic potential and reinforce academic success across a range of subjects.

For further information please contact Oliver Walsh on


Key Stage 3

We have a two-year key stage three. Below are the topics students will study from September 2017.

In Year 7 students will study:

  • Autumn Term 1: The rise of the Roman Empire  
  • Autumn Term 2: The fall of the Roman Empire
  • Spring Term 1: What was Anglo Saxon England like?
  • Spring Term 2: What impact did the Norman invasion have on Anglo Saxon England?
  • Summer Term 1: The causes of the English Civil War
  • Summer Term 2: How did England fare under the restoration?

In Year 8 students will study:

  • Autumn Term 1: The transatlantic slave trade
  • Autumn Term 2: From slavery to civil rights
  • Spring Term 1: The First World War and the peace settlement
  • Spring Term 2: The interwar years (1919-1939)
  • Summer Term 1: The Second World War
  • Summer Term 2: The Holocaust

Key Stage 4

At GCSE level we follow the Edexcel exam board

Year 9

  • Autumn Term 1: Crime and Punishment
  • Autumn Term 2: Crime and Punishment
  • Spring Term 1: Crime and Punishment
  • Spring Term 2: Elizabethan England
  • Summer Term 1: Elizabethan England
  • Summer Term 2: Elizabethan England

Year 10

  • Autumn Term 1: Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Autumn Term 2: Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Spring Term 1: Weimar and Nazi Germany
  • Spring Term 2: Crime and Punishment
  • Summer Term 1: Crime and Punishment
  • Summer Term 2: Crime and Punishment

Year 11

  • Autumn Term 1: Crime and Punishment
  • Autumn Term 2: Crime and Punishment
  • Spring Term 1: Weimar and Nazi Germany revision
  • Spring Term 2: Cold War revision  
  • Summer Term 1: Elizabethan England  revision
  • Summer Term 2: Final revision and exam season


In Year 7 and 8, students have assessments every half term on the content they have studied that half term. These take the form of an exam. At the end of the year, in June, students take a full end of year exam which covers all the content they have learnt over the course of the year.

At Key Stage 4 and 5, all classes have assessments every half term based on past and sample GCSE and A Level exams. There are full mock exams at the end of every year.

Final GCSE and A Level assessment arrangements are as follows:


You will sit three exam papers at the end of Year 11 (from June 2018). There is no longer a controlled assessment unit.

Paper 1: British Thematic Study with Historic Environment (Paper code: 1HI0/11)   30%  

1 hour 15 minutes exam, 52 marks (16 for historic environment, 36 for the thematic study)

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250 to present with
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: surgery and treatment.

Paper 2: Period Study and British depth study (Paper code: 1HI0/26-27)  40%   

1 hour 45 minutes exam,  64 marks (32 for period study, 32 for British depth study)

  • Henry VII and his ministers, 1509-40 OR Early Elizabethan England
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study   (Paper code: 1HI0/31)   30%      

1 hour 15 minutes exam   52 marks

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939

A Level

Students will sit three externally-assessed examinations.

Each exam will include a choice of essay questions and compulsory source or interpretation style question. Students will also have coursework, which will be completed in Year 13.

In the new A level qualifications, in order to achieve the award, students must complete all exams in May/June in a single year, first sat in 2017.

Paper 1: Breadth study with interpretations (Paper code 1E) 30% (60% of AS)

2 hour 15 minutes exam.  3 questions. 60 marks.

  • Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin.

Paper 2: Depth study (Paper code 2E.1)  20% (40% of AS)

1 hour 30 minute exam. 2 questions. 40 marks

  • Mao’s China, 1949–76. .

Paper 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth (Paper code 36.1)   30%

2 hour 15 min exam.  3 questions. 60 marks.

  • Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780–1928. 

Coursework: Analysing interpretations (Paper code 04)  20%

  • Topic TBC. 1 question. 40 marks.

Students who sit the standalone AS exam only will sit Paper 1 and Paper 2 only, first sat in 2016, at the end of Year 12.

Resources (books)


Because the GCSE (9-1) specifications are new, tailored resources have not yet be created.  We will recommend text books and revision guides as and when they become available.

A Level

At A Level, it is requirement that all students purchase this recommended course book:
  • Communist States in the 20th Century (Route E) Student Book + ActiveBook.  978-1-447985-27-3 
Of several excellent books that can supplement the course text, we recommend:
Russia, 1917–91: from Lenin to Yeltsin
  • Access to History: Bolshevik and Stalinist Russia 1917-64 Fifth Edition, by Michael Lynch
  • The Soviet Union: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions), by Stephen Lovell
  • Revolutionary Russia, 1891-1991: A Pelican Introduction Paperback, by Orlando Figes 
  • The Penguin History of Modern Russia: From Tsarism to the Twenty-first Century, by Robert Service
Mao’s China, 1949–76
  • Mao: A Very Short Introduction (Very Short Introductions), by Delia Davin
  • Access To History: The People's Republic of China 1949-76 2nd Edition, by Michael Lynch
  • China 1900 - 76 (Heinemann Advanced History)Paperback– 26 Oct 2006, by Mr Geoff Stewart
Suggested reading for paper 3 and coursework will be shared towards the end of Year 12.

Examples of work

Here are some examples of work produced by students.



Here are some example of homework set by the History department.


How to revise and prepare for exams

As we head into a more challenging and demanding curriculum, assessment and examination system it is important that students in all year groups in the Academy understand how to prepare efficiently and successfully for exams.
All students sit externally set tests every half term which they must prepare for fully. These are cumulative tests which means they test more knowledge and skills as the year progresses.
The end of year exam will test knowledge and skills across the whole year period, for all years groups. We believe in teaching our students how to prepare for exams as they are an important life skill.

GCSE revision support and intervention for Year 11 History begins in September and runs until the Summer examinations.

See our exam preparation page for information about helpful revision guides and timetables, as well as details of additional interventions for each subject.

Helpful revision links

General (Superb website with a range of resources, tips and advice) (Interesting articles) (Interesting articles and games)

Key stage 3 (Excellent range of video clips)

GCSE, all years (Excellent range of video clips. Many support the ‘Britain 1945-75’ unit in the current Year 10 and 11 GCSE course)

‘The Nazis: A Warning From History’. This is one of the best TV documentaries ever made on Nazi Germany. You can find it on:

New GCSE (9-1) – Year 9 from September 2015 (Germany 1918-1945– lots of information, tests and two decent video clips) (Medieval and Renaissance Medicine – information, tests and excellent short video clips) (19th and 20th Century Medicine – information and tests)

Current GCSE – Year 10 and 11 from September 2015 Type in ‘Cold War series.’ There are 24 excellent documentary episodes, with specific ones on origins of the Cold War, the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War. (Origins of the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis – information, tests and excellent short video clips) (Vietnam – information, tests and excellent short video clips) (Germany 1918-1945– lots of information, tests and two decent video clips) (USA 1919-1941 – information, tests and excellent short video clips)

A Level (Decent introduction to Russian history, covering 1905-1941

We will recommend various video links and websites to students throughout the year and add them to the website in time.



Why study History at GCSE or A Level?

Colleges, universities and employers all hold History in high respect.

It is a ‘hard’ subject using key skills including use of evidence to structure an argument and present a case; communication; analysis and evaluation; ability to debate; carrying out enquiry and investigation; independent critical thinking and reasoning; the craft of writing.

The study of History can open up a world of possibilities. As History enables you to develop many transferrable skills, universities and employers look incredibly favourably upon applicants with good qualifications.

Careers and History

GCSE, A level and degree qualifications in History are highly valued by employers.

Whilst there are many specialist jobs that require History, employers from many different sectors value the transferrable skills that successful study in history demonstrates. Indeed, History graduates from top universities are in high demand.

Below are some examples of careers that History can help you enter:

  • Legal work (lawyer, solicitor)
  • Professional services (accountancy, banking, tax, consultancy)
  • Corporate business (large companies , e.g. M&S, Unilever, Cadburys)
  • Journalism and other media work
  • Government/public sector (civil service, administration, local government, NHS, police, armed forced)
  • Teaching
  • Academia (PhDs, lecturing, research work)
  • Librarian, archivist, archaeologist