There are still many people who believe history to be a dull and boring study of dates, Kings, Queens and battles. This could not be further from the truth! History is very relevant to everyone because our future is decided by what we do today, and our present has been shaped by the past! We study it to investigate how and why people in different ages lived, how their way of life, beliefs and attitudes have affected the societies we live in and what were the moral dilemmas faced by great politicians and ordinary people alike.


We will be studying the new Edexcel Specification. It contains three exams taken at the end of Year 11.

Paper 1: A Thematic Paper with Historic Environment

Crime and Punishment in Britain with Whitechapel, c1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

You will be investigating the nature and changing definitions of criminal activity and the nature of law enforcement and punishment over four time periods. Each time period contains a case study, for the influence of the church on crime and punishment and the treatment of conscientious objectors in the First and Second World War.

For the Historic Environment study you will be researching the local area of Whitechapel regarding the organisation of policing and the developments of investigative techniques.

This Paper is worth 52 marks and is 30% of your overall mark. Your Paper will last 1 hour and 15 minutes.

Paper 2: Period Study and British Depth Study

The American West c1835-c1895 and Early Elizabethan England 1558-88

The American West topic focuses on the Plains Indians and their beliefs and way of life, the development of the Plains and how the settlement of the west affected the life of the Plains Indians and conflicts and conquests; the destruction of the Plains Indians way of life.

The Depth Study focuses on Queen Elizabeth, her government and religious issues and challenges to Queen Elizabeth at home and abroad.

This Paper is worth 64 marks and is 40% of your overall mark. Your Paper will last 1 hour and 45 minutes.

Paper 3: Modern Depth Study

The USA, 1954-75; conflict at home and abroad

This study is divided into four topics. The development of the Civil Rights movement; Protest, progress and radicalism; the US involvement in the Vietnam War; Reactions to and the end of US involvement in Vietnam.

This Paper is worth 52 marks and is 30% of your overall mark. Your Paper will last 1 hour and 20 minutes.


History develops a wide range of skills that can be useful in many areas of employment and also at university. For example you will learn to analyse a range of historical sources to independently research information, to record your findings in a concise manner and to draw your own conclusions supported by evidence. All of these will be useful when completing a dissertation or research project at university, in areas of education, law, medicine, psychology, journalism, administration, museums, local councils, publishing or in the police force!

More than anything, History is an interesting and involving subject. Our students do not just look at events, they also look at how the consequences of the events affect people and the future. Last year one of our students told us, “I like History because it is fun, enjoyable and you study ‘horrible, bloody things.’ Learning from the past has made me think about the future – studying History is the way forward.”

For further details of this course see Miss Wallis, Leader of History, or your History teacher.

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