The decision to take A-level history was easy. After studying with Mr Seston in year 11, he helped me discover I had an aptitude for the subject which was pursued further at a higher level in Sixth form. I believe that without the enthusiasm and passion Mr Seston teaches with, I would not have enjoyed the course to anywhere near the same extent. The two years spent in his classroom will stay with me my whole life. Not only did I learn a great deal about fascinating periods in history, I also learned skills that I apply to any situation I find myself in. The history department at Tettenhall College is one of the main reasons I chose to attend the Sixth form as I found it vastly superior to any other course taught in schools around the country.

It is difficult to escape the importance of History in shaping and affecting our modern world. We are living with the consequences of the past every day. Employers and Universities rate History as a very worthwhile A Level. Universities and Employers appreciate that students of History have developed a number of skills that can be applied to any situation.

History is an interesting and enjoyable way to develop analytical and communication skills. History is a suitable background for a wide range of careers including Advertising, Archaeology, Historian, Journalism, Legal, Marketing, Media, Professional, Police, Politics, Research, and Teaching. Some of our pupils plan to study sciences, particularly medicine, at university and opt for History as they recognise the importance of being able to prepare good essays at degree level. Staff and pupils work hard to achieve consistently great results, and many of our students have gone on to study History at highly reputable universities.


Pupils in year 7 learn about the key turning points of medieval history. The topics that they will explore are England pre 1066, followed by the Norman invasion and Battle of Hastings. Pupils will then investigate Norman England, the murder of Thomas Becket, the Black Death and the Crusades.

Pupils in year 8 learn about the late Middle Ages and Early Modern periods. The topics they will explore are the Tudors, the Stuarts and the Victorian age. Within the Victorian module pupils will conduct an in depth study into the slave trade.

Pupils in year 9 learn about the Twentieth Century. The main areas of exploration are pre-World War One, World War One, the Interwar Years, World War Two, the Cold War and the Age of Terror- post 2001.


GCSE curriculum outline

Paper 1 - 1hr 45mins 50%

Paper 2 - 1 Hour 25%

Paper 3—1 hr 15 mins 25%


Module/ Topic


Year 10

Term 1/2


Paper 1

International Relations 1918-2001

1hr 45mins examination

Worth 50% of overall GCSE

Year 10

Term 2


Paper 1

Germany Depth Study 1925-55



1hr 45mins examination

Worth 50% of overall GCSE

Year 10 Term 3



Paper 1

Germany Depth Study 1925-55



Paper 3

Castles: Form and Function 1000-



1hr 45mins examination

Worth 50% of overall GCSE




1 hr 15 mins examination

Worth 25% of overall GCSE

Year 11 Term 1



Paper 2

War and British Society c.790 to c.2010

1 Hour examination

Worth 25% of overall GCSE

Year 11

Term 2/3


Paper 2

The English Reformation 1520-1550


1 Hour examination

Worth 25% of overall GCSE

Year 11

Term 3





British period study and enquiry: (unit group 1) 25% of total A level

Britain 1930 – 1997

Key content:

Churchill’s view of events 1929–1940

Churchill as wartime Prime Minister

Churchill and international diplomacy 1939–1951

Conservative domination 1951–1964

Labour and Conservative governments 1964–1979

Thatcher and the end of consensus 1979–1997

Non-British period study: (unit group 2) 15% of total A level

The French Revolution and Napoleon 1776 – 1915

Key content:

The causes of the French Revolution from 1774 and the events of 1789

The Revolution from October 1789 to the Directory 1795

Napoleon Bonaparte to 1807

The decline and fall of Napoleon 1807–1815

Thematic study and historical interpretations: (unit group 3) 40% of total A level

The Middle East 1908 – 2011

Key content:

The Role of the Great Powers in the Middle East

Zionism, Israel and the Palestinian issue

Statehood and Pan Arabism in the Middle East

Religion, ethnicity and political Minorities

Topic based essay: (unit Y100) 20% of total A level

Students will complete a 3000–4000 word essay on a topic of their choice.


There are many trips and opportunities that pupils will gain whilst studying history.

Year 7 – Stokesay Castle Iron Bridge

Year 8 – Harvington Hall Liverpool docks

Year 9  National Holocaust centre

Key Stage 3 often have the opportunity to a residential trip In the past pupils have travelled to France and Belgium to visit the WWI battlefields. They have also been to Italy to explore Pompeii and the surrounding area.

GCSE pupils have the chance to visit the Cosford Cold War Museum, a local castle - normally Kenilworth and a local English civil war attraction.

A level pupils have the opportunity to visit the Auschwitz Birkenau camp in Poland. They also will explore local museums and archives.


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