Quarrydale Departments


Staff Members


Head of Department M Hollingworth

H Cooper 

L Dykes 

K Fearon 

C Oldfield-Wright 

M Danylevych 

B Reed

What will the subject enable me to do?


History will enable pupils and students to learn about the past and enhance their knowledge and understanding of British and World history. In addition to learning about the past, studying history will also enhance pupils’ understanding of current affairs and the world we live in today. In addition to this, a study of history is very important because pupils master a number of transferable skills, such as research, interpreting information, empathy, reflecting on contrasting points of view and developing communication skills.

Key Stage 3


Curriculum Plan

Year 7


Introduction to History Skills and Medieval England 

Students will learn about the Battle of Hastings, the Murder of Thomas Becket, the Crusades and everyday life in Medieval England.   

Historical enquiries


Year 8


Tudors, Stuarts and the Industrial Revolution 

Henry VIII, ‘Bloody Mary’, the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the English Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, World War One and The Suffragettes

Historical enquiries


Year 9


20th Century World History  

Pupils will learn about the Germany and The Rise of Hitler, the Holocaust, World War Two and The Cold War. 

Historical enquiries

Key Stage 4

Students will study AQA GCSE History


Conflict and Tension, 1919-39

  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The League of Nations
  • Crises in Manchuria and Abyssinia
  • Hitler’s foreign policy
  • Appeasement and the Munich Agreement
  • Nazi-Soviet Pact

50% of Paper 1 , which is an examination of 2 hours.

Germany: Democracy and Dictatorship 

  • Germany and the growth of democracy
  • Germany and the Depression
  • The experiences of Germans under the Nazis

50% of Paper 1 , which is an examination of 2 hours.

Norman England, 1066-1100

  • Edward the Confessor and the contenders to the English throne
  • The Battle of Hastings
  • William I consolidates his control over England
  • The Feudal System
  • Domesday Book
  • The Norman Church and monasticism

50% of Paper 2 , which is an examination of 2 hours.

Migration, People and Empire

  • The Vikings and Alfred the Great
  • The Norman conquest of England
  • Hundred Years’ War
  • Elizabeth I and the colonisation of North America
  • The British Empire in India
  • British colonisation of Africa
  • The Boer War
  • World War Two and the decline of the British Empire
  • The Cold War and Britain’s relationship with the European Union.

50% of Paper 2 , which is an examination of 2 hours.


Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of a spelling tests, knowledge tests, historical research, planning and completing historical enquiries and examination questions.

Revision classes take place on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

Key Stage 5



Unit 1 – Alfred and the Making of England 871-1016 (25%)

  • Alfred and the Vikings
  • Alfred and the governance of England
  • The Alfredian Renaissance
  • Edward the Elder
  • Athelstan
  • Edmund, Eadred and Edgar
  • Aethelred

1.5 hour exam

Unit 2 – The USA in the 19th Century: Westward Expansion and the Civil War 1803-1890 (15%)
 until 2022

  •  Westward expansion
  • Native Americans
  • The growth of sectional tension
  • The Civil War

1 hour exam

Unit 2 – Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany (15%)
 from 2021

  • The establishment and development of the Weimar Republic: 1919–Jan 1933
  • The establishment of the Nazi Dictatorship and its domestic policies Feb 1933–1939
  • The impact of War and defeat on Germany 1939-1949
  • Divided Germany: The Federal Republic and the DDR 1949-1963.

1 hour exam

Russia 1855-1964 (40%)

  • The system of government in Tsarist Russia
  • Reform and modernisation in Tsarist Russia and the developing opposition movement
  • The Crimean War
  • The First World War and its impact on Russia
  • Stalin and the Great Patriotic War
  • Economic systems and their impact on Russia

2.5 hour exam

Unit – coursework (20%)

  • Pupils choose a topic to study independently, which requires approval from the exam board.

Independent project


Homework and support

Homework consists of research, completing assignments and organising revision notes.

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