Head of Learning
Subject Teachers

Mr M Labrou

Miss. A Mullane

 

Mrs. N Cooper

 

Mr. G Storey

 

Miss. S Brennan

 

Our Vision

The History Department at the Abbey School is committed to ensuring both the academic success and broader intellectual development of its pupils. The former is derived from a curriculum designed to introduce pupils to, and subsequently hone, the many and varied conceptual skills requisite of a successful historian. The latter is engendered from frequent discussion, debate and creativity tempered by analysis and evaluation.

Upper School - Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

The GCSE course begins in Year 9. The department offers the EdExcel/Pearson GCSE course with the following topics covered:

  • Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18

  • Anglo–Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

 

The examinations are as follows:

 

% of GCSE
Length of exam
Topics
When is this covered?

Paper 1 – British Thematic Study with Historic Environment

(Paper codes: 1HI0/10-12)

30

1 hour 15 minutes

Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18

Year 9

Paper 2 – Period Study and British Depth Study

(Paper codes: 1HI0/20-29)

40

1 hour 45 minutes

Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060-88

Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Year 9

 

Year 10

Paper 3 – Modern Depth Study
(Paper codes: 1HI0/30-33)

30

1 hour 20 minutes

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39

Year 10

 

Upper School - Key Stage 5 (Years 12 and13)

Current Curriculum

The department offers the OCR A-Level course with the following topics covered:

  • The Tudors

  • The Cold War in Asia 

  • Civil Rights in the USA 1865-1992

  • A coursework assignment on a Historical Investigation.

 

% of A Level
Length of exam
Topics
When is this covered?

Unit 1 – British period study and enquiry

(Paper codes: H505 Y106)

25

1 hour 30 minutes

England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors (Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558)

Year 12

Unit 2 –Non-British period study

(Paper codes: H505 Y223)

15

1 hour

The Cold War in Asia 1945–1993

Year 12

Unit 3 – Thematic study and historical interpretations
(Paper codes: H505 Y319)

40

2 hour 30 minutes

Civil Rights in the USA 1865–1992

Year 13

Unit 4 – Topic Based Essay

20

Coursework unit

Learners will complete a 3000–4000 word essay on a topic of their choice, which may arise out of content studied elsewhere in the course. This is an internally assessed unit group.

Year 13

 

New specification from 2018-19

However, from 2018-2019 the department will transition to the Edexcel specification, with the following topics to be studied:

  • Unit 1 – Breadth study with interpretations – Option 1G: Germany and West Germany, 1918-89

  • Unit 2 – Depth Study – Option 2G.1: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c1911-46

  • Unit 3 – Paper 3- Aspects in breadth and depth – Option 35.1 – Britain: losing and gaining an Empire, 1763-1914

  • Unit 4 – Coursework – Origins of the Cold War 

 

This change has been undertaken to reflect the expertise of current staff as well as providing a more seamless transition from the Edexcel course studied at GCSE.

 

Entry requirements:

  • 5 9-4 GCSEs or equivalent

  • 5 in GCSE History OR Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Literature if GCSE History not studied.

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