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History is a fascinating and engaging subject, with mysteries and puzzles for students to investigate. Studying the past at Bitterne Park School is an exciting and challenging exploration of different people, events and changes. By identifying, evaluating and deploying evidence, students can gain insight into the diverse attitudes and characteristics that have existed all over the world at different times. This investigation process is crucial in their understanding of periods and societies, and this can inform attitudes, identity and judgements. Put simply, History is not just one thing after another!

All students learn History at Key Stage 3, learning skills and gaining understanding that feeds directly into the GCSE course. At Key Stage 4 History is a popular subject, with students every year choosing to successfully continue their journey by studying A-level History at Bitterne Park Sixth Form College.

Improving literacy is also an integral aim of the History department, with effective strategies already in place. This underpins the aims of History at BPS; to encourage students to be enquiring, analytical, critical of sources and able to communicate original and structured arguments with precision, accuracy and sophistication.

Key Stage 3

In Years 7, 8 and 9 all students learn History for two lessons of 50 minutes per week. The Assessment Objectives in History are: AO1 knowledge and understanding of 1st order concepts, AO2 understanding second order concepts, AO3 evidence (sources from the time) and AO4 interpretations (modern views of the past).

Years 7, 8 and 9 topics are broadly chronological, with students investigating topics in depth, overview and across different time periods (development studies). Topics range from the Norman Conquest to the Cold War, via the Tudors, British Empire, Industrial Revolution and Power and Democracy through time.

Homework tasks are planned alongside classroom learning, to ensure every student has the opportunity to achieve their potential in History.

Key Stage 4

Year 11: Students learn History for three lessons of 50 minutes per week. Edexcel Modern World History A. This course is 4 units, each worth 25% of the GCSE:

Unit 1 – Exam – International Relations: The Era of the Cold War 1943-1991

Unit 2 – Exam – Depth Study: Germany 1918-1939

Unit 3 – Exam – Source Enquiry: War and the transformation of British Society c1903-1928

Unit 4 – Controlled Assessment – Civil Rights and Protest in the USA 1945-70

Year 10: Students learn History for four lessons of 50 minutes per week. Edexcel GCSE History 9-1. This course is 3 exam papers.

Paper 1 – Crime & Punishment in Britain c1000-present, including Whitechapel c1870-1900: Crime, policing and the inner city.

Paper 2 – Anglo-Saxon and Norman England c1060-88 and The American West c1835-95.

Paper 3 – Germany 1918-39

Key Stage 5

A-Level History is a qualification very highly valued by universities and employers. We are proud to offer AS and A2 History (AQA) at Bitterne Park Sixth Form College. At Key Stage 5 History is a popular subject with strong results:

Component 1 – Tsarist and Communist Russia (1855-1917 AS / 1855-1964 A-level)

Component 2 – The Making of Modern Britain (1957-1979 AS / 1957-2007 A-level)

Component 3 – Coursework (topic of students’ choice must cover 100+ years, starting before 1807)

Facilities & Resources

Four teaching rooms, all with interactive whiteboards

Trips & Extra Curricular Activities

Year 10 day trip (destination to be confirmed)

Year 9 Trip to the Battlefields of the First World War

Year 7 day trip (destination to be confirmed)


Mr S Tibble (Head of History)

Miss S Bartlett (Teacher of History)

Mr A Foster (Teaching School Coordinator)

Miss N House (Teacher of History)

Mr O McArthur (Teacher of History)

Mr C Sykes (Deputy Head Teacher)

Miss R West (Teacher of History)