St. Joseph's Catholic College

History

"Study History, study History. In History lies all the secrets of statecraft."
Winston Churchill

St Joseph's dynamic and energetic History Department works with students from Year 7 to Year 13, with a range of subjects from Key Stage 3 National Curriculum, studying the Romans through to the Modern World, GCSE History (Crime and Punishment in Britain, Germany 1918-1945, Early Elizabethan England and the Cold War), A Level (modern British and US History, the experience of Warfare and coursework) and Ancient History A Level (Greeks and Romans). More information on the programme of study at each Key Stage can be obtained by contacting a member of staff.

The History Department's aim is to equip students with the skills of analysis, a sense of reasoned judgement and independent research through active and fun learning. Through the National Curriculum the Department hopes that all students who move on from our subject will take with them these skills, a lifelong interest in History and a better understanding of the current issues in our world, based on the study of previous warfare and political issues

 

 

History

Those who carry History on to GCSE and beyond will take on a diverse and interesting subject, which embeds in the students the specific skills mentioned above, as well as more general life skills such as team work, co-operation, self-knowledge and self-confidence. Again the Department focuses on active and independent learning, allowing the students to develop their passion for the subject. History is a popular subject with employers, leading on to such careers as law, academia, the police, the Civil Service, teaching and the business world.

 

The Department runs successful, inspiring trips and encourages outside visitors. The Battlefields Trip to Belgium and France has run for some years now and recently we have visited the D-Day Beaches of Normandy. In 2016-2017 we aim to visit Ypres in Belgium, Medieval Castles in Wales, Berlin and Hadrian’s Wall.

 

Course Outlines

Key Stage 3 In History at KS3, students should develop the following skills:

  • Knowledge and understanding of History: the ability to describe and explain historical changes and causation, the ability to analyse different features of historical situations

  • Interpretation of History: the ability to understand that there are different views of past events and to consider reasons for these views

  • Use of Historical Sources: the ability to acquire evidence from historical sources and the ability to form judgements about the reliability and value of the evidence

    Students will have the opportunity to study, in depth, many of the main events, personalities and developments in key periods in History.

 Year 7

In Year 7 students will follow a programme with ‘World Around Us’. The following topics are included:

  • Prehistoric Wiltshire

  • Life in Roman times

  • Medieval Britain – William the Conqueror, the power of Kings and the Church, the development of Castles, life in Medieval villages and towns

  • Britain 1500-1750: What impact did the Reformation have in Britain? The reign of Elizabeth I and the era of the Civil War

Year 8

In Year 8 History students will follow this programme:

  • Investigation into life in Britain around the time of King Charles II)

  • Investigation: Why was the Slave Trade ended?

  • Britain 1750-1900: What changed the most during the period 1750-1914? (an investigation into industry and industrial life, transport, peoples’ rights and justice.

  • What impact was the human cost of the First World War?

Year 9

In Year 9 History students will follow this programme:

  • Who was Jack the Ripper – Investigation

  • History Mysteries such as: who killed JFK

  • Investigation: How did life change in the USA in the 1920s and 1930s.

  • Investigation: Life in Germany in the 1920s and 1930s

  • What was the impact of the Second World War for people around the World

  • What was the impact of the Cold War?

  • From freedom fighters to Terrorism: an investigation into the development of campaigns.

 

GCSE History: Year 10 and 11 from September 2016

History is seen as a challenging and well-regarded subject by Colleges and Universities. It has links to other subjects, particularly within Social Sciences, but also to Law, Economics, Politics and English. It develops your analytical and written skills making you more able to tackle subjects at University.

Our Year 11 course for examination in 2017 folllows AQA History A (Schools' History Project). In Year 11 students will be finishing their Controlled Assessment on Avebury in the Neolithic. They will then be studying Exam Paper 2 on Germany from 1918 to 1945 in Terms 1 - 3. This covers the areas of Germany's problems from 1918-1923, Germany's recovery 1924-1929, the Rise of Hitler 1929 - 1933, the Nazi State 1933-1939 and the impact of War on Germany 1939-1945.

Year 11 students will then be completing their Medicine Through Time Exam Paper 1 studies from Term 3 - 4 and revising for the exam. 

Our Year 10 course from September 2016 follows Edexcel GCSE and focuses on:

  • Crime and Punishment and Jack the Ripper (Year 10 Terms 1 - 3)

    • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000–present

    • Whitechapel, c1870–c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

  • Elizabethan England (Year 11 Term 1 - 2)

    • Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88.

  • The Cold War (Year 11 Term 2 - 3)

    • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

  • Germany (Year 10 Term 3 - 6)

    • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

The Examinations:

Crime and Punishment Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes (30%* of the qualification)

Section A: Period study

Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students select two out of three parts.

Section B: British depth study

Students answer a single three-part question that assesses their knowledge and understanding. The first two parts are compulsory. For the third part, students select one from a choice of two.

Cold War: Superpower Relations and Elizabethan England - Paper 2: Period study and British depth study

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes (40%* of the qualification)

Section A: Period study

Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students select two out of three parts.

Section B: British depth study

Students answer a single three-part question that assesses their knowledge and understanding. The first two parts are compulsory. For the third part, students select one from a choice of two.

Germany Paper 3: Modern depth study

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes (30%* of the qualification)

Section A

Students answer a question based on a provided source and a question that assesses their knowledge and understanding.

Section B

Students answer a single four-part question, based on two provided sources and two provided interpretations.

 

A Level History:

More information on our A Level courses can be found on the College Sixth Form area of the Website.

Currently, the Department teaches Edexcel A Level History including a coursework unit where students choose their area of study,and exam topics on Democracies in Change (British and US Twentieth Century History) and the British Experience of Warfare 1790 - 1818.

The Department also teaches A Level OCR Classics: Ancient History including units on Roman Britain, Ancient Sparta, the Fall of the Roman Republic 81-31 BC and the Persian Wars.