History

The fundamental aim of the History Department at the Catholic High School is to encourage all students to fulfil their potential by developing a passion for the subject. By instilling this passion within the students we hope that they will continue to engage with history once they leave full time education. In order to achieve this aim, we use a variety of teaching methods to engage and inspire our students. As a department, we also place great emphasis on extra-curricular work such as educational visits and clubs in a further attempt to bring the subject to life. 

The Curriculum for Years 7, 8 and 9

Through the study of a wide range of historical periods, we develop students’ skills of historical enquiry, source analysis, development of argument and written communication. As a minimum, students will study the following units with teachers expected to push, where appropriate, their classes to learn more broadly:

Year 7

  • Medieval Britain
  • Early Modern Britain
  • Britain and the Wider World: Slavery and the Empire

Year 8

  • World War One
  • Britain and America in World War Two
  • History Heroes

Year 9

  • The Holocaust
  • Turning Points – Major events in 20th and 21st century History
  • The History of Terrorism

Why study History at GCSE and A Level

Studying History provides a student with skills which are not confined to the study of the past. Skills of analysis are invaluable in many jobs, and the ability to analyse and then prioritise information is vital to decision making. This not only provides a skills set for a student but it also keeps career options open. 

Studying History at GCSE and A Level provides students with a firm foundation on which to build on in the future. Many Universities, particularly Russell Group Universities, hold the study of History in high regard and look favourably on candidates who have studied History at GCSE and A Level.

GCSE History

GCSE History – For students sitting exams in the summer of 2017, the information is as follows: 

For students currently in Year 11, who will be sitting their GCSE History exam in the summer of 2017, we follow the Edexcel History A (The Making of the Modern World) (2HA01) Specification. 

Further details and past exam papers can be found at: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-a-2009.html

The specification paper can be found at:http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/History%20A/2009/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/9781446907665_GCSE_Lin_History_A_for_WEB.pdf

Students study the following options:

 Unit 1: International Relations (25% of the qualification) The Era of the Cold War 1943-1991

Unit 2: Modern World Depth Study (25% of the qualification) Option 2A – Germany 1918–39 

Unit 3: Modern World Source Enquiry (25% of the qualification) Option 3A – War and the transformation of British society c1903–28 21

Unit 4: Representations of History (Controlled Assessment) (25% of the qualification) Option CA5 – Vietnam c1950-75 (Controlled Assessment) 

How are students assessed for GCSE (Summer 2017)?

Unit 1: International Relations (25% of the qualification) Written examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes in the summer of 2017. 

Unit 2: Modern World Depth Study (25% of the qualification) Written examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes in the summer of 2017. 

Unit 3: Modern World Source Enquiry (25% of the qualification) Written examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes in the summer of 2017. 

Unit 4: Representations of History (Controlled Assessment) (25% of the qualification) Students are assessed through a single internally-assessed, externally-moderated assessment consisting of one task. This task is assessed under controlled conditions. There are 50 marks available for this assessment.

GCSE History – Teaching commencing in September 2016 (First examination in the summer of 2018)

For students commencing GCSE History in September 2016, we are following the Edexcel History (2016) (1HI0) Specification.  

Further details can be found at: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/history-2016.html 

The specification paper can be found at: http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/History/2016/specification-and-sample-assessments/9781446925867_GCSE2016_L12_History_Web.pdf

Students study the following options:

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30% of the qualification)

Option 11        Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front,1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. 

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of the qualification)

Option B3        Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509–40

Option 26/27   Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91 

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of the qualification)

Option 31        Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39 

How are students assessed for GCSE (From Summer 2018)?

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (30% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 15 minutes 

Section A: historic environment

Students answer a question that assesses knowledge plus a two-part question based on two

provided sources. 

Section B: thematic study

Students answer three questions that assess their knowledge and understanding. The first

two questions are compulsory. For the third question, students answer one from a choice of

two. 

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (40% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes

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. 

Paper 3: Modern depth study (30% of the qualification) Written examination lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes 

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

For A Level History we follow the OCR History A (H505) Specification.

Further details can be found at:http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-history-a-h105-h505-from-2015/

The specification paper can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/170128-specification-accredited-a-level-gce-history-a-h505.pdf 

Students study the following options: 

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry (25% of the qualification) Unit Y113        Britain 1930–1997 (Enquiry topic: Churchill 1930–1951)

Unit 2: Non-British period study (15% of the qualification) Unit Y219        Russia 1894–1941

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations (40% of the qualification) Unit Y314 The Challenge of German Nationalism 1789–1919

Topic Based Essay (20% of the qualification) Unit Y100  Topic based essay

How are students assessed for A Level 

Unit 1: British period study and enquiry (25% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes

Unit 2: Non-British period study (15% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 1 hour

Unit 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations (40% of the qualification)

Written examination lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes

Topic Based Essay (20% of the qualification)

Non exam assessment. 3000-4000 word essay.

Teachers

Mr T Wilson (Head of History and Government and Politics)

LLB Hons (Liverpool John Moores University, LLM (University of Liverpool), Bar Vocational Course (Manchester Metropolitan University), MA History (Merit) (University of Liverpool), PGCE (University of Chester) 

Prior to commencing work as a teacher and joining the Catholic High School in 2015, Mr Wilson qualified as a Barrister and worked in the legal profession for a number of years. Alongside a Master’s degree in Law, Mr Wilson also has a Master’s degree with merit in History, specialising in the twentieth century. 

As well as teaching History, Mr Wilson teaches Government and Politics at A Level and specialises in British and American politics. Mr Wilson has recently returned from an Educational Training Programme at the UK Parliament after being selected from teachers nationwide. 

Within the field of History, Mr Wilson’s areas of interest are Nazi Germany as well as the political history of Britain and Ireland. Mr Wilson has a passion for local history and has collaborated with the University of Chester in several research projects in this area as well as educational development and progress within History. 

Outside of the department Mr Wilson runs the 6th Form Football team and is currently establishing a United Nations within the school community. Outside of school, Mr Wilson is interested in all sports especially football and plays the trumpet in a swing band. 

Ms U Mort (Assistant Headteacher – Achievement and Curriculum)

BA Hons History (University of Manchester), PGCE (Manchester Metropolitan) 

Ms Mort taught History at a variety of grammar and comprehensive schools in the south east before moving back to the northwest in 2010 to take up her second assistant headship at the Catholic High School, Chester. Here her main responsibility is 'raising achievement'. Ms Mort is totally committed to improving student attainment, raising aspirations and unlocking potential. 

Ms Mort specialised in British Political History at University. Since then she has taught various courses at GCSE and A level, as well as the International Baccalaureate. Ms Mort’s current interest and area of expertise is German and Russian History 1870 to 1945. 

Mrs K Ellis (Teacher of History) BA (Hons) History, PGCE (Leeds)

Miss M Tromans (Teacher of History and Government and Politics) BA Hons History and Psychology (Wolverhampton), PGCE (Birmingham)