At Woodlands we offer students 3 different pathways to gaining a qualification in history: Entry Level History, GCSE History and AS/A-Level History. The KS3 curriculum and Entry Level course is planned in a way that will help students to build the necessary skills to progress onto KS4 and so the topics delivered from years 7-9 and at Entry Level link to KS4 topics to provide students with the best chance of gaining the highest qualification they can in history.
The Norman Conquest
Weimar & Nazi Germany
The Black Death
The Slave Trade
Medicine Through Time
KS3 History is taught over a period of three years. The students develop
their key skills through the topics below, to build a varied foundation of
knowledge on past British History. Students cover a range of skills
including the development of numeracy, literacy, ICT, communication,
and their ability to think and question for themselves; they are
encouraged to develop a ‘history brain’.
The topics delivered at KS3 have links to the key topics for GCSE which
helps to build a foundation of knowledge and is beneficial for those
who progress onto the GCSE course. Learning about topics in the
history (humanities) curriculum that are emotive and controversial,
develops an understanding of how history can be interpreted in
different ways. The topics studied at this level help students to
build upon their knowledge of culture and identity and helps to
develop their empathetic skills. Students will strengthen their
chronological awareness and their overall awareness of the world
around them. Students tend to engage well at this level because
there is a good mixture of visual and kinaesthetic learning which
helps to keep them interested and engaged.
History Entry Level
Students studying Entry Level history at Woodlands will usually follow the OCR course and will study the following topics:
Germany 1925-55 – depth study (linking to Weimar & Nazi Germany at GCSE)
The People’s Health – thematic study (linking to Medicine Through Time at GCSE)
The Entry Level Certificate in history is made up of 100% internally assessed tests and tasks; the students will complete two assessments and will also carry out a historical investigation into an individual or site of their choice. The flexibility allowed through this approach to assessment ensures accessibility for all students. The overall aim of Entry Level history is to encourage students to become responsible for their own learning, to gain confidence in discussing ideas, promote innovation and keep them engaged through interesting topics tailored to their needs.
Another option for Entry Level students, maybe for those who are not at Woodlands for a long period of time, is the short-course history with ASDAN which is tailored to the students interests and needs and is internally assessed.
The Entry Level courses on offer will enable students to:
Develop an interest in the study of history
Choose their own modules and have a choice over their learning (ASDAN)
Acquire knowledge and understanding of the past
Investigate historical events, people, and developments
Use historical sources.
Develop their ability to use language and dates, and vocabulary and conventions when writing about historical periods and the passing of time
Learn key concepts in an historical context: causation, change, results, and significance
Learn how to use sources to answer questions about the past.
The students at GCSE level study a two-year programme following the Edexcel 9-1 history course. The students will study for and sit three written exams in the following topics:
Thematic study and historic environment
Medicine in Britain, 1250-present and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-18
Period study and British depth study
Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, 1060-88
The American West, 1835-95
Modern depth study
Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
The objective of this course is to develop and extend the students’ knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods, and societies in local, British, and wider world history, and of the wide diversity of human experience. The course aims to engage them in historical enquiry to develop them as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. They will learn to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources. Students will develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed. They will organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in various ways and reach substantiated conclusions.
“I enjoy the discussions and debates we have in history and find it interesting.”
We are proud at Woodlands to be able to offer A-Level History to our KS5 students who achieve a Grade 4 (D/C) or above in GCSE History. The students follow the AQA syllabus and the assessment criteria for the course is two written examinations at the end of year two, and a historical investigation that is internally assessed. Examinations for AS can be sat after year one and this is recognised as a standalone qualification.
The AQA AS and A-level History qualifications are designed to help students understand the significance of historical events, the role of individuals in history and the nature of change over time. The A-Level course helps students to gain a deeper understanding of the past through political, social, economic, and cultural perspectives. The engaging topics available to them throughout the course will provide them with the knowledge and skills they require to succeed as AS and A-level historians.
The A-Level History topics currently on offer at Woodlands are:
Component 1 (breadth study) – The Making of a Superpower, USA 1865-1975 (taught by James Hughes)
Component 2 (depth study) – The Making of Modern Britain, 1951-2007 (taught by Claire Walkden)