Y7- Students will study the Norman Conquest, and what England was like before the Battle of Hastings, how WIlliam the Conqueror took control of England, the role of the Church in Medieval England, the murder of the Archbishop of Canterbury, medieval monarchs, the Catholic Church and the reformation, and Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London.
Y8- Topics include the slave trade, and the role of British traders in African kingdoms, the abolishment of the slave trade, the industrial and agricultural revolutions and the health issues associated with urban slums, Sherlock Holmes and the birth of forensic science, democracy in 19th Century Britain, how Victorian women lived and how did women get the vote, the First World War of 1914, the Second World War, the Cold War, and the persecution of the Jews in the Holocaust.
Y9- Elections and rotten boroughs in 19th century Britain, Victorian women- their attitudes to marriage, class, and women climbers and cyclists, how did women get the vote, causes of the First World War starting in 1914, life in the First World War, Communism, Fascism, and the rise of Adolf Hitler, fighting the ‘Cold War’ and the Cuban Missile Crisis, the Holocaust and the persecution of the Jews, the long term causes of conflict in the Middle East
iGCSE- This course covers two papers:
Paper 1: Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918-45, and A world divided: superpower relations, 1943-72
Paper 2: The Vietnam Conflict, 1945-75, and China: conflict, crisis and change, 1900-89
In Paper 1 students will study the rise of unrest in 1918 Imperial Germany, the rise of Hitler and the Nazis in 1933, Naxi Germany, Germany and the occupied territories in the Second World War, the causes of the Cold War, Soviet Expansion in Europe, the arms race between the Superpowers in the 1950s, and the thaw and the ending of the Cold War.
In Paper 2 students investigate the reasons for US involvement in south-east Asia, and the escalation of the Vietnam War escalation, Nixon and Ford’s policies of Vietnamisation, the impact of conflict on civilians, and US military responses to guerilla warfare. The China paper covers the fall of the Qing dynasty and how it caused a civil war between the Kuomintang and the Communists, the rise of Mao and the Chinese Communist Party, Mao’s Cultural Revolution and the ‘Cult of Mao’, Tiananmen Square, and the rise of Deng and western and democratic ideas in the 70s and 80s.