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History is the study of significant and ordinary people and what they did in the past to change things and shape the world we live in today.

It includes the study of significant events, why and how they happened and how and why they shaped the world we live in today. Moreover, History involves the study of ideas and the impact they had on ordinary people and the world. History is valuable because it helps us understand the world, country, town and community we live in and makes us better citizens of the world. But apart from being interesting and valuable History is also useful: employers who see that you have a qualification in History will know certain things about you. For example, that you know what motivates people and how they might think, that you are able to gather and read different types of information, that you can look carefully at this information and check it for bias or propaganda, that you can read maps, graphs and other diagrams; that you are able to communicate clearly and have learned to express yourself clearly and on paper. After all, what is the most interesting thing in the world? Is it not people – real people? If you like people, then you should like History.

Contact details

Please contact the Head of Department for more information. A full teaching staff list can be found under 'About Us' 'Staff and Governance'.

Head of Department: Ms I Subramoney    Email: ixs@ccfplus.com


What your child will be learning (curriculum mapping)

To view the modules studied each term, please click here. 

Key stage 3

The curriculum as KS3 ensures that students cover the necessary content as well as developing aspects of literacy, numeracy and moral, social and emotional awareness.

The Department strives to begin teaching basic GSCE skills as part of the KS3 scheme. Our scheme also takes into account the time required for students to practice and study assessments, time is also factored in to give students the opportunity to review their work and set themselves targets.

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Key stage 4

Exam Board: Edexcel

Studying History at GCSE provides students with an opportunity to pursue an interest not only in the past but also in the world around them.

Modern life, more than ever, requires a grasp of the past and studying GCSE History will help pupils to gain this much-needed understanding. GCSE History provides the historical understanding to help answer these and many other pertinent questions. Developing a student’s understanding of history is only one of the goals of our GCSE course. We aim to furnish our students with a set of skills that will not only prove invaluable for success within GCSE examinations but also life beyond school. Those skills which we seek to develop on the course include literacy, written communication, and reasoning, and explanation, analysis of source evidence, debate and verbal communication.

Core textbooks:

Mohamud, A and Whitburn, R. GCSE 9-1 History for Pearson Edexcel Migrants in Britain, c800-present and Notting Hill c1948-1970. Published by Hodder.

Child, J. (2016) Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939 Student Book.
Arnott, E. (2016) Hodder GCSE History for Edexcel: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88.
Catherwood, C and Kelly, N. Edexcel 9-1 History Superpower Relations and the Cold War, 1941-91.

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Key stage 5

Exam Board: OCR

Studying History at A-level provides students with an opportunity to pursue an interest not only in the past but also in the world around them.

A-level History equips students with skills which support their other A-level subjects and are seen as desirable by universities. Students develop an excellent understanding of concepts in History and apply analytical skills to sources and interpretations. A-level History covers a range of topics across 200 years of history, focusing on depth, period and thematic studies. In addition to this, students have a choice of topics to research for their independent topic-based coursework.

Core Textbooks:

Wells, M. and Fellows, N. OCR A-level Britain 1930-1997.
A, Farmer. Access to History: The American Revolution and the Birth of the USA. 1740-1801.
Wells, M. and Fellows, N. Access to History: Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992 for OCR Second Edition

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