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WHY STUDY history?

History is the subject that allows you to travel back to the past and find out what made people tick! It also develops an understanding of how we got where we are today.

Some of our current year 10 GCSE History students say History is ‘enjoyable’, ‘interesting’ and ‘challenging’ as a subject. The subject enables students to develop important skills that will be important throughout their life and particularly in their career, such as: Expressing your opinions, thinking independently, structuring arguments and understanding the views of others.

What will i study?

At Key Stage Three students study a range of issues and themes from British, European and World History. This includes studying aspects of British History from 1066 to present day, as well as investigations into the Black Peoples of the Americas and the development of terrorism in the modern world. Students have the opportunities to develop their knowledge and understanding as well as their skills of evaluating source material.

Key Stage Three History students have been involved in a range of extra-curricular activities. These have included visits to the Imperial War Museum, the National Memorial Arboretum and Birmingham Museum.

At key stage four students study OCR SHP GCSE History. Students study five units:

  • The People's Health c.1250 to present
  • The Norman Conquest 1065-1087
  • Kenilworth Castle
  • The Making of America, 1789-1900
  • Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945.

At A Level students study 19th century Britain and revolutionary Russia. There is also the opportunity to carry out research based on a topic chosen by the individual student.

More information on the units studied at all key stages can be found below:

KEY STAGE 3         KEY STAGE 4        A-LEVEL


GCSE students visit Kenilworth Castle as part of their study for the History Around Us unit. There have also been recent visits to the Royal Armouries in Leeds and the National Cold War Exhibition at RAF Cosford Museum in Shropshire.

A Level History students have taken part in the Lesson from Auschwitz project which has involved a visit to Poland and disseminating their learning to the school and the community. 

The History Department and GDA students have built great links with David Allen and the Midland Actors Theatre, information about the work we have done with them can be found on their website

Pictures © Midland Actors Theatre and Kate Green