KS3 History here at Barlby High School looks at the key events of the past that have shaped our present. Our rationale in History is to study the development of key societies from the local to the global, whilst challenging perceptions and appreciating the nature of diversity. Students will develop their critical enquiry skills and foster an understanding of key concepts such as significance and interpretation.

History aims to inform our students about:

  • The people and places that have shaped who we are.
  • The beliefs and practises that have shaped our own.
  • The beliefs and practises that are different to our own and shape the world around us.
  • What caused events in the past and what were the consequences of these changes?
  • What has changed over periods of time and what has remained the same.
  • How and why opinions on people in the past are different and what causes these differences.
  • How we can use evidence to form and opinion and support our judgements.
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 Year 7  Historical Skills  Local Study  Medieval Realms  The Tudors
 Year 8  The Stuarts  Black Peoples of America  Industrial Revolution   Jack The Ripper
 Year 9   World War One  World War Two  Holocaust  Defeat/Recovery  Intro to GCSE


KS4 GCSE History

Title of course: WJEC GCSE History

Who is it aimed at?

Students with an interest in important international events will find this an interesting, stimulating, thought provoking and challenging academic course. Similarly students with inquisitive and investigative minds keen to explore the recent past through a number of mediums often take this course.

What do the following have in common? Prince Charles,  Gordon Brown, the comedians Sacha Baron Cohen (Ali G/Borat) and Al Murray, the musician Lauren Hill, the Body Shop entrepreneur Anita Roddick, the Hollywood actors Ed Norton and Amanda Peet, the broadcaster and comedian Michael Palin, Shakira and Jonathan Ross?

Answer: they are all history graduates. Studying history can open many doors.

Brief description of the course content:

Unit 1: In depth study: Germany in Transition, 1919-47. (25%)

  • Will look at the rise of the Nazi party in Germany and explore different reasons Hitler came into power.
  • Will look at the changes made to Germany society by the Nazi Party and the consequences of the outbreak of war on German society.
  • Will be examined in a one hour examination paper, through both source skills and knowledge recall.

 Unit 2: In depth study: Depression, War and recovery in England and Wales 1930 – 1951. (25%)

  • Will look at the impact of the depression years.
  • Will study the impact of war on the Home Front.
  • Will study the political, social and economic developments in Post-war England and Wales
  • Will be examined in a one hour examination paper, through both source skills and knowledge recall.

 Unit 3: Outline Study: USA, a study of development, 1930-2000. (25%)

  • Will look at the racial progress and development in the USA during the 20th Century (Civil Rights movement).
  • Will look at the Foreign Policy of the 20th Century and its impact (Cold War and its many ‘conflicts’).
  • Will be examined in a one hour examination paper, through both source skills and knowledge recall.

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment: World War I: conditions in the trenches / conscientious objectors. (25%)

  • This is an assessed piece of course work which will be completed in class under teacher supervision and will assess students ability to tell a narrative of changes made and use a variety of critically evaluated sources to support their opinions.
  • The students will study WWI through a combination of primary and secondary sources. They will study it was like to fight and live in the trenches and the extent to which conscientious objectors were seen as cowards. The focus is on British History but will build on the skills and techniques developed in earlier units.

Extra-Curricular Activities:

There is currently a Year 10 visit to Warsaw, Poland to visit and experience first-hand the extermination camp at Auschwitz-Birkenau. This builds on and further enhances the studies undertaken in Unit 1 on the policies of Nazi Germany towards the ‘undesirables’, most notably the Jewish people. It provides our students with a unique learning experience to see for themselves the terrifying impact of the politics and racial intolerance they have been studying during the course.Website history

Progression Pathways:

You don’t have to a History teacher if you do GCSE history! In fact, this course can lead onto many other areas of further education and careers in journalism, archeology, police, law, criminology, forensic sciences and academia. It is highly regarded by employers, colleges and Universities. It will develop skills of analysis and evaluation as well as your personal understanding of who you are and where you come from.