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History And Sociology

Profile of the Department

Our History and Sociology department consists of well-qualified and enthusiastic members of staff, and we pride ourselves on helping students gain a holistic understanding of history, as well as a developed understanding of how to critically assess sources and construct strong arguments.

All students study History in Years 7-9. History is offered at both GCSE and A/AS Level. We offer Sociology in KS5.



History is taught through ‘enquiry’. This gives students he opportunity to answer ‘big’ questions following a series of lessons. Usually these are half-termly.

Students learn to analyse and criticise the nature of information, as well as exploring the concepts of change and continuity; cause and consequence; significance, interpretations and representations, similarities and differences to help them make sense of the past and give them the skills they need to further study in KS4 and KS5.

  • Year 7 students learn the skills needed to be capable historians and apply these skills to different areas of history throughout the medieval period in England.  Students will also compare medieval England to other societies.
  • Year 8 students develop their historical skills further whilst exploring life in Britain in the early modern and modern period as they move from the Tudors through to the Victorian period.
  • Year 9 students apply their history skills whilst investigating 20th Century, modern history with an increased focus on GCSE skills.

Our current KS3 overview can be found here


Edexcel History GCSE
At GCSE, Students will study, Medieval History (500-1500), Early Modern (1450-1750) and Modern History (1700 –Present) across a range of fascinating topics.  40% will be British History. The course is 100% exam based.

Our topics are:

Medicine and Public Health in Britain (c1250 – Present) and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

The USA, 1954-1975: Conflict at home and abroad

Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-40

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991


History A Level – OCR

Our A level gives students the opportunity to study the history of more than one country or state in addition to the study of British history. They will undertake a thematic study, covering an extended period of history of approximately 100 years. In addition they will have the opportunity to explore a topic in history they have an interest in through the coursework element.  

In Year 12, students study the following courses:

  • England 1547-1603: The Later Tudors (enquiry topic: Mid-Tudor Crisis, Depth Study: The Reign of Elizabeth I)
  • Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1919 - 1963

In Year 13, students study the following courses:

  • Civil Rights in America 1865 - 1922
  • Undertake their coursework

Sociology A Level -AQA

In Year 12, students study the following courses:

  • Education with Research Methods 
  • Families and Households

In Year 13, students study the following courses:

  • Crime and Deviance with Research Methods 
  • Global Sociology

Extra-Curricular Activities

Students have the opportunity to:

  • Develop their writing through Historic Fiction and enter a competition
  • Complete  a projects about their personal histories, guided by their teachers
  • Trips to museums and lectures in Central London
  • Trip to Berlin – KS5