History and Politics

Curriculum Team Leader:

Mr Andrew Crease (a.crease@tgs.starmat.uk)

Key Stage 3 History

The current History syllabus takes a thematic, chronological, approach to the subject from the Battle of Hastings to Modern day. The vast majority of this is based around British History. All students develop the use of cause and consequence, chronology, significance, source analysis and extended writing as a key part of each year group. Each year group will look at a range of themes connected to these skills and be assessed on each theme.

Year 7 – History in Year 7 covers 3 topic themes:

Theme 1: How free were people in the Roman Empire?
Theme 2: Did people’s lives change for the better in the Middle Ages?
Theme 3: To what extent did the Tudors and Stuarts shape modern Britain?

Year 8 – 1715 – 1918: The Industrial Revolution to the end of World War I
Year 9 – 1914 – present day: The Twentieth Century and beyond

Key Stage 4 History

At GCSE level, History follows Edexcel’s 9-1 History Specification which is a wide ranging study of events of a thousand years.

Four units are studied as follows:

Year 10 – Anglo Saxon and Norman England, Medicine through time (with a case study of World War one)

Year 11 – Cold War 1945-1991, The USA 1956-1975

Key Stage 5 History and politics


A level History uses the Edexcel specification.

Year 12 students study Republicanism, Civil War and Francoism in Spain and Germany 1918-1989

Year 13 study of revolutionary Ireland 1867-1921 and and complete coursework on How popular was the Nazi Party?


This course follows Edexcel specification (2017).

It looks at UK Politics, UK Governments and a comparison study of politics in the UK and USA. This will involve looking at democracy and participation, political parties, voting behaviour and the media and Specific political thinking (Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Anarchism). In addition it will look at how Governments work and run our daily lives.

Further to this is a study of four political ideologies: Liberalism, Conservatism, Socialism and Anarchism