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The History Department aims to equip students with a well-rounded knowledge of important people and events spanning a variety of historical contexts. We encourage students to treat history as an academic discourse and they will be taught to discuss, persuade and respond appropriately to relevant texts. They will also encounter a wide variety of cultures and will develop an appreciation of the diversity of experience. Students will learn to express themselves effectively and convey ideas in an accurate and professional manner in preparation for all forms of assessment.

History-Curriculum and Assessment Map.docx


At Barnhill Community High students complete a two year key stage three programme of study, which is designed to develop skills in investigative study and analysis. Students will have a whistle stop tour of the history of Britain and key moments from around the world starting at Medieval Times right up to the Twentieth Century. Students are assessed every half term.


Students complete their GCSE’s in one year and can opt to take History in years 9, 10 or 11. Students study OCR History A SHP syllabus, looking at Medicine Through Time and American West which are their exam topics and South Africa which is their Controlled Assessment.


Students follow the Edexcel Syllabus, looking specifically at Russia in Revolution, Pursuing Life and Liberty in the USA and Changing Role of Women for AS. At A2 Students complete coursework on Dictatorship and Revolution in Russia and the Soviet Union and an exam on From Kaiser to Fuhrer: Germany 1900-1945.