History at Christ the King

History allows our students to look at events in the past and consider their effect on people and the environment at the time. By doing this, we challenge our students to learn from what has happened in the past and to develop opinions on historical figures and significant events. Our aim is to teach students to be knowledgeable, analytical historians who achieve great success in their studies.

History at Key Stage 3

Students follow a curriculum which begins with a British focus, examining the Norman invasion of 1066, the Tudor period, the English Civil War and Industrial Revolution. 20th Century topics include WW1 and WW2 bring a greater international dimension to the curriculum. In class the key skills of GCSE are embedded to try best prepare our historians for future study.

History at GCSE

In GCSE History we use Edexcel and study the course over 3 years beginning in year 9. The course culminates in three examinations which make up 100% of the qualification. The table below breaks down the GCSE into the three exams and the content of these exams.


Thematic Study and Historic Environment – 1 hour 15 minute exam worth 30% of the GCSE.Period Study and British Depth Study – 1 hour 45 minute exam worth 40% of the GCSE.Modern Depth Study – 1 hour 20 minutes worth 30% of the GCSE.
Crime and Punishment in Britain from 1000 to the Present and Whitechapel 1870 – 1900: crime, policing and the inner city.–        Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060 – 1088.

–        The American West 1835 – 1895.

–        Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918 – 1939.



History in the 6th Form

At A Level we follow the AQA specification and have chosen modules which we believe link well with prior study and provide students the opportunity to develop as historians during their studies as they match closely with our own specialisms and interests. There are two examinations as well as a piece of coursework at A Level. The structure of the course is shown below.


A Level


Breadth Study – 2 hour 30 minute exam worth 40% of the A Level.Depth Study – 2 hour 30 minute exam worth 40% of the A Level.Non-Examined Assessment – 3,000 to 3,500 word essay worth 20% of the A Level.
Part one: consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485–1547

Part two: Instability and consolidation: ‘the Mid-Tudor Crisis’, 1547–1563

Part one: the end of Absolutism and the French Revolution, 1774–1795

Part two: the rise of Napoleon and his impact on France and Europe, 1795–1815

An aspect of social history in Britain in the 19th Century studied over a 100 year time period


When preparing for the coursework students visit the University of Nottingham to collect their own sources from the Hallward Library and meet a historian who specialises in this period.


Historical Skills

There are a number of ways students can develop their historical skills, some of which include:


  • Read around topic using relevant materials such as the Horrible Histories books.
  • Utilise Youtube, TV documentaries and Historic fiction to try better understand people and their motives and the effects of change on people and their environments.
  • Examine BBC Bitesize to support in-class learning.
  • Literacy is key to effectively conveying the past, reading for 30 minutes each day is vital in developing this core skill.

Useful Links


Edexcel GCSE History


AQA A Level History


BBC Bitesize