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It is the aim of the History department to encourage an interest in the past and to do so in as enjoyable a manner as possible. At Putteridge the History department strives to help students of all abilities to develop history specific abilities whilst acquiring historical knowledge. The subject promotes speaking and writing skills by supporting students to create and defend arguments and also teaches the students to think critically about evidence through source analysis and evaluation. The department firmly believes that these are skills which can be applied to other subjects and abilities which students will be able to apply in their later life.

Key Stage 3

We run a two-year condensed Key Stage 3 course with an exciting new curriculum, where students have the opportunity to develop the historical skills necessary to continue with the subject at GCSE.

Students study history for two periods per week during Key Stage 3.

During Key Stage 3 students investigate historical enquiries with units including Medieval Realms, the Tudors and Stuarts, the Industrial Revolution, Empire and the abolition of the Slave Trade, and aspects of the 20th century including the Holocaust.

The above enquires have been developed to allow students to gain an understanding of the key history concepts: Causation, Change and Continuity, Significance, Source Enquiry, Chronology and Interpretation.

Assessment at Key Stage 3 has been designed to allow students to demonstrate their understanding of each of the key concepts. Students will be given the opportunity to reflect on their progress for each individual historical concept.

Key Stage 4

GCSE History students study the Pearson Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History course. This specification includes the following five elements

  • A thematic study spanning medieval, early modern and modern history
  • A study of the historic environment (which is linked to the thematic study)
  • A period study covering at least 50 years
  • A British depth study and a non-British depth study from different eras (modern, early modern and medieval)

This specification also requires students to study a minimum of 40% British history. In accordance with the rules of the new specification there is no coursework or controlled assessment in history: all assessment will be through external examinations at the end of Year 11.

Students at Putteridge study the following options;

There are four GCSE History assessment objectives, these are outlined below;

The department is firmly committed to enrichment activities and has run a number of successful trips to the World War One battlefields. We look forward to continuing to offer this rewarding trip. 

Battlefield visit: For information for Parents - Click Here

Exam Board

For more information on the subject and to review the GCSE specification from the exam board please click here