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 – worth 50% of overall GCSE

Paper 2 - 1 Hour- worth 25% of overall GCSE

Paper 3—1 hr 15 mins -worth 25% of overall GCSE


Topic 1 overview

The focus of the period study is on the unfolding narrative of international relations from 1918–2001. Learners will study the substantial developments and issues associated with this period, in order to understand the forces and events which shaped the 20th and early 21st century world and how these forces and events have come to shape our world. Learners will also study the ways in which some of the developments have been interpreted differently by different historians or others (including popular interpretations) and also how and why these interpretations have sometimes changed over time. The depth study focuses on the relationship between the German people and the Nazi regime that ruled Germany from 1933–1945. The depth study ranges from 1925–1955 in order to provide the context for the Nazi period in Germany.

Topic 2 overview

This British thematic study focuses on the relationship between war and society over a long period of British history, c790 to c.2010. This includes a broad sweep of time, which covers the impact of different types of warfare (including defence from invasion, conquest and civil war). Covering 1000 years, the thematic study is a different type of historical practice from the depth studies and even the period Study.

Pupils will study:

Attitudes and responses to war – the sections in the study are designed to examine the ways in which civilians and military personnel react to different wars and how this might change in the course of a war.

Impacts of war on people – the different conflicts covered in the study have been chosen to illustrate the different ways in which wars impact on populations, both military and civilian (or in the earlier in the periods, the aristocracy where military or civilian status was blurred).

Impacts of war on the relationship between governments and people – the range of conflicts here demonstrates some of the ways in which wars can unite and also divide people and their governments.

Unit 3 overview

This depth study focuses on the main political and religious developments in Britain from 1629–1660. The aim is to give learners the opportunity to study in depth a period of fundamental significance in British history.

Pupils will study:

The political and religious tensions which led to war, divisions within Parliament, the changing relationship between parliament and key individuals and groups and finally the nature and extent of political and religious change in the period.


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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