• Welcome to the History Department

    Our vision is for every student to love History and to be inspired and intrigued about the past. We are passionate about having active lessons that are fun, based on interesting enquiries and that fire the imagination.  Our aim is to show every student the value, importance and relevance of past events and why knowledge of the past is important to understand the world today.


    Importance of History in the Curriculum

    History fires pupils' curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. It helps pupils develop their own identities

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  • Year 7 History


    In Year 7 students are introduced to the different historical skills that involve historical enquiry, the use of evidence and communicating about the past. We study Medieval and Early Modern British and World History. Students complete one assessment every half term.


    Units of Study

    Term 1

    Term 2

    Term 3

    Mystery of the Skeletons

    King John


    Norman Conquest

    Black Death



    Medieval Baghdad










    • The Mystery of the Skeletons (enquiry)
    • 'The Norman Conquest was good for England.' How far do you agree with this statement? (significance)
    • Does 'Bad
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  • Year 8 History


    In Year 8 students study early modern History from the C17th – C19th. Students continue with an enquiry based approach to big issues like the development of democracy, the British Empire and the story of slavery and the effect of the Industrial Revolution on England. Students have opportunities to follow their own lines of enquiry, for example, with the Project Spencer work, and they also make links between past and present by taking part in a debate about whether we should return to a Victorian system of punishment.


    Units of Study




    • Project Spencer (Enqiury)
    • Why was Charles
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  • Year 9 History


    Year 9 History is an important year for students to develop their History skills in preparation for GCSE. The content is modern History and students not only look at some of the key events of the C20 / C21st but also look at political ideology and consider moral and ethical issues.


    Units of Study

    Term 1

    Term 2

    Term 3


    Democracy and Dictatorship

    The Holocaust

    Causes of the First World War

    Hitler Youth

    Nelson Mandela

    World War One

    World War Two

    The Treaty of Versailles    










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  • GCSE History

    Why do GCSE History?

    As well as being a fascinating subject, GCSE History is also an extremely useful qualification. It is highly respected by colleges, employers and universities because historians develop high-level transferable skills such as evaluation, synthesis and the ability to present a clear argument.


    History is useful for students who wish to follow the following careers. For example:

    • Data Analyst
    • Social Services
    • Civil Service
    • Politics
    • Journalism
    • Law
    • Education
    • Archaeology
    • Leisure e.g. Museums
    • Secret Service
    • International Relations
    • Police
    • Medicine


    The Course

    Two main units:



    •   Germany 1919-1945 - Depth Study of Germany after the Great War, with
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  • A Level History

    Assessment Details

    Students selecting History at George Spencer College follow the OCR Specification


    Year 12

    AS History is broken down into 2 units:


    Unit 1 - British Period Study and Enquiry (50% AS and 25% A2)

    • We have chosen Alfred the Great (exam)



    • Written examination: 1 hour 20 minutes
    • Candidates will be required to answer two questions worth 30 marks each.
    • The questions will require candidates to present historical explanations and assess their significance in the historical context of events, individuals' ideas, attitudes and/or beliefs, and the ways in which they influenced behaviours and action.



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