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Notre Dame High School

Notre Dame
High School

History

History supercharges such skills. It encourages you to think for yourself and support your ideas with carefully chosen evidence and it teaches you to research a subject and present your findings in a coherent way. Most important of all, History is intrinsically interesting, and an understanding of how this country and the wider world have developed will help you to become a thoughtful, well-informed member of today's global society.

What will I study?

Medicine in Britain c1250 - Today
Developments in the understanding of health and medicine from the Middle Ages through to modern times, including a study of medicine during WW1.

Early Elizabethan England 1558 - 1588
An investigation of the first 30 years of the reign of Queen Elizabeth I, one of England's most characterful and significant monarchs.

Germany 1918 - 1939
What problems did Germany face after the First World War and how did these problems contribute to the rise of the Nazi party?

Either:

  • The American West c1835 -1895
    The heroic and tragic tale of the creation of the modern USA, focussing on the struggle for control of 'the West', the land of cowboys, Indians, gold-miners and outlaws.

Or:

  • British America 1713-83: Empire and Revolution
    The story of how the British empire in North America prospered but was then lost, and of how that prosperity was partly based on the institution of slavery.

How will I be taught?

History is taught in mixed ability groups. We aim to use a variety of resources such as film clips, photographs and documents. History is a literacy-based subject, and you will have to write coherent answers that range in length from a paragraph to short essays.

Curriculum 

  Year 10 Year 11
Aut.1 Medicine in Britain c1250-2000 Germany 1918-1939
Aut.2 Medicine in Britain c1250-2000 Germany 1918-1939
Spr.1 Medicine on the Western Front Finish Germany
Start the American West
Spr.2 The Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-88 The American West
Sum.1 The Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-88 The American West
Sum.2 The Reign of Elizabeth I 1558-88  

How will I be examined?

At the end of Year 11 you will sit 4 GCSE exam papers that examine all the topics outlined above. There will be no coursework. There is no tiered entry, everyone sits the same papers.

Career Pathways 

Employers, VI Form colleges and universities value the skills students develop through studying History. Employers appreciate your ability to analyse information and draw conclusions, whether you’re analysing the customer profile of a leading clothing chain or briefing a client on marketing strategy.

For more information click on our A Level History Course.

For advice on apprenticeship courses, click here.

Career Options

History can lead on to a large range of careers from law, politics and business through to creative media, journalism, broadcasting and tourism management.