Curriculum Vision

History at St Michael’s is designed to deepen thinking about the past, different cultures and the processes by which our country has developed. Britain stands as a multicultural democracy with a reputation for welcoming diversity in culture, ethnicity and religion. It is, therefore, the intent of the history scheme of work to be reflective of this.

As required by the National Curriculum, students are provided with a broad and balanced understanding of the past including the ability to understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives. 

History at St Michael’s is engaging, robust and relevant to students in their everyday life, including the ability to acquire knowledge and understanding of the world, assess the significance of people and events and make sustained and substantiated judgements on a variety of factors from local history, national history and world history. This is achieved through a series of ‘big picture’ questions.

Ultimately, our aim is to produce a blended curriculum of knowledge and skills that enables young people to gain a wider interest in history and the skills needed to flourish after their school career. It is designed to encourage students to ask questions, to think critically and use evidence to support their arguments or to challenge accepted conclusions in the search for truth.

Curriculum Journey

KS3 Journey

KS4 Journey

Options Information

Qualification Name History GCSE
Type (e.g. GCSE/BTEC Certificate) GCSE
Level (1,2 or both)
GLH (Guided Learning Hours) 200
Course Content Outline (What Will I study?)

Two studies in depth will be undertaken making up 50% of the final exam:

  • 1B Elizabethan Age 1558-1603
  • 1H USA Nation of contrasts 1910-29

Two studies in breadth will be undertaken for the other 50% of the final exam:

  • 2B The Development of Germany 1919-91.
  • 2F Changes in Health and Medicine c500 to the present day. This will incorporate a study of an historical site.
Typical Lesson/Homework Activities. (How will I study?)

Lessons will cover the specified content and will use a wide range of teaching strategies and resources. Regular homework tasks will be set which will focus on typical exam questions.

Lessons will also focus on revision strategies, as this will be of huge importance to students studying history.

Success Criteria


(How will I be assessed?)

The two studies in-depth account for 50% of the final exam over two separate exam papers.

The two studies in breadth account for the other 50% of the final exam, unit 2B is a 45-minute exam. Unit 2F is a 1-hour 15-minute paper.

Students will regularly be assessed for interims with linear assessments. They will be given the opportunity to attempt and become familiar with typical exam questions.

Succession Paths Post-16


(What can I do with this qualification?)

History improves students’ ability to think, analyse and evaluate and is relevant to a wide range of careers and further qualifications including;

  • history A levels/degree
  • law/police
  • archaeology/archivist
  • teaching/lecturing

Exam Specification

History GCSE Exam Specification