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History has a huge role to play in preparing young people for the future by informing them about our past experiences. Studying History helps students to understand the world they live in and it also prepares them for a lifetime of enjoying History.

Above all else, we seek to create a love of history amongst our students. We firmly believe that this in turn creates a desire to learn and students will consequently make greater progress.

Employers and University admission tutors who see that you have a qualification in History know certain things about you. They know that you have studied a rigorous academic subject and that you have developed certain key skills which can be applied to all situations.

The purpose of History at Paulet is to help students to:-

Study topics that stimulate interest in the subject, to learn lessons from the past and have a better understanding of the world they live in.
Learn crucial key skills that can help in any career and in any other subject.
Develop communication skills and the ability to understand other people’s points of view.
Learn to evaluate source material and how to use evidence to present a clear analytical argument.
Think for themselves and present their own ideas.

Curricular offering:

The History curriculum offers a comprehensive range of experiences and topics to meet the needs and interests of all pupils. It has been carefully chosen to enhance students’ understanding of the world they live in and to hopefully give them a lifelong interest in the subject. The Department aims to provide as much breadth as possible whilst at the same time, giving students an opportunity to study the relevant events and issues in sufficient depth.

In year 7, students examine the movement of people from the Roman period to the Middle Ages. They look at change throughout the periods along with significant individuals and events such as King John and the Battle of Hastings.

Year 8 covers the Tudors and Stuarts where students consider the role of monarchy throughout this period of turbulent change. They also spend time considering the lives of ‘ordinary people’ too. This is followed by an investigation of the industrial period. Finally, they begin to look at Twentieth Century history with the beginnings of the First World War.

In year 9, students look at a range of other Twentieth Century topics including the Second World War, the Holocaust, and the social revolution in the 1960s, before embarking on an in depth study of Crime and Punishment c1000-present day.

In years 10 and 11 we follow the AQA course where students study a range of topics. They begin with an in depth study of the USA in the 1920s followed by Civil Rights in the USA in the 1950s and 1960s. They also complete and in depth study of Nazi Germany. The remainder of year 11 focuses on the Causes of World War One, the Peace Treaties following the war and Hitler’s foreign policy. These topics are all assessed through examination at the end of year 11. Also included in the course are two pieces of controlled assessment based on life in Britain during World War One and Two.

At Advanced Level students study a British option, The Tudors: England, 1485–1603. They also complete a depth study, Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-45, both of which are assessed through examination at the end of year 13. They also complete an historical investigation on Civil Rights in USA. This is a personal study and makes up 20% of their final grade.


Teacher Responsible: Mr Kelly


Updated 24/05/2016


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