Subject Leader: Mrs N Picariello
Email: nicola.picariello@ridgeway.herts.sch.uk


Key Stage 3

Key Stage 3 History is taught in mixed ability sets for one hour a week. The curriculum provides an excellent grounding in the subject.  An innovative, thematic approach has been adopted, allowing students to appreciate change over time and compare and contrast periods, whilst having a chronological understanding.

Year 7: ‘Monarchs, Monks and Migrants’

What is History?
The Norman Conquest
Religion in Medieval England
Problems of Medieval Monarchs
The Black Death

Case study: Migration – who were the first English people? 

Year 8: ‘Cavaliers, Colonies and Coal’

Challenges to the Catholic Church
The English Civil War
Changing ideas :1660 – 1789
The slave trade

The British Empire
Impact of the Industrial Revolution

Case study: Who was Jack the Ripper?

Year 9: ‘Trenches, Treaties and Terror’

Getting the vote
The First World War
Conflict in the Twentieth Century
The Holocaust
The Middle East

Case study: Who killed Kennedy?


Key Stage 4 – GCSE History

GCSE History covers some of the most significant and exciting events in British, European, and World history.  The course develops the ability to analyse and evaluate the significance of past events, and develops an understanding of key historical concepts such as cause and consequence.

History develops skills in debating, analysing, justifying, and reading between the lines: skills that are highly prized by universities and employers alike.  Studying History gives you the power to ask questions of the past, in order to understand the world we live in today.

The Cold War:

A study in depth that examines the main events of the most tense and exciting years of the twentieth century and includes the Cuban Missile Crisis, the nuclear ‘Arms Race’, and the Berlin Wall.

Weimar and Nazi Germany:

A study in depth of one of the most notorious – and fascinating – periods in European History.  The topic includes the rise to power of the Nazi Party, life in Nazi Germany, Hitler’s leadership style, and the Holocaust.

Medicine in Britain:

A gruesome study of how medicine has changed from medieval to modern times.  The topic includes an in-depth look at injuries, treatment and the trenches of the British Sector at the Western Front, 1914 – 18.

Early Elizabethan England:

A study of one of the most iconic women in British History:  Elizabeth I!  The study examines the challenges she faced when she came to the throne, both from abroad and from within her own country.  The topic includes Elizabethan life in the Age of Exploration.

How is History GCSE assessed?

  • Paper 1 (30%) = Medicine in Britain – 1 hour 15 minutes
  • Paper 2 (40%) = The Cold War and Early Elizabethan England – 1 hour 45 minutes
  • Paper 3 (30%) = Nazi Germany – 1 hour 20 minutes

There is no controlled assessment (coursework) in GCSE History.                      Exam board: Edexcel

Key Stage 5 – A level

Unit 1: A study in breadth – In search of the American Dream: the USA c1917 – 96

            A study in depth – Interpretations of Reagan

 Unit 2: A study in depth – South Africa, 1948 – 94:

From apartheid to ‘rainbow nation’.

Unit 3: Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, c1780 – 1939

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment: A study in depth which will investigate different historical perspectives on a given controversial issue. Students will study how different societies and historians, and the media have interpreted significant events and individuals.

Exam board: Edexcel