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Exam Board: OCR

Current Year 10 http://www.ocr.org.uk/Images/207164-specification-accredited-gcse-history-b-j411.pdf

Current Year 11 http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse-history-b-schools-history-project-j411-from-2016/assessment/

Subject Overview

The aim of the History Department is to encourage interest in and enjoyment of the past. We achieve this through a range of exciting and engaging activities and learning styles and we encourage our students to creatively explore events and people that have filled our past and will shape our future. 

KS3 Year 7: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3 Year 8: See Project Based Learning (PBL)

KS3/4 Year 9: Students currently have 3 History and 3 Geography lessons per fortnight.

Students study the First World War including an optional 1 night, 2-day trip to visit the Battlefield sites in Belgium and France; a visit to Smedmore House in Kimmeridge; and a trip to the local war cemetery. Students will then learn about the impact of the First World War and look at how Hitler rose to power from 1919-1933. Lastly, students will study Ancient Medicine looking at the lifestyle of the different groups that lived during this period – from Prehistoric through to the Ancient Romans.

GCSE Overview 

When choosing their options for GCSEs, students are expected to take either History or Geography – they can also choose to take both. These are both extremely popular subjects and equip students with many transferable skills that will support their other studies. Over the course of our two-week timetable, students will have 5 one-hour lessons. 

Exam Board: OCR SHP GCSE History B


Year 10

Year 11

Autumn Term

British Theme

The People’s Health 1250-present day

World Period

The Making of America 1789-1900

Spring Term

British Depth

The Elizabethans 1580-1603

World Depth

Living under Nazis Rule 1933--1945

Summer Term

Site Study

History around us – Corfe Castle




KS4 Year 10 

History GCSE begins with a British thematic study on ‘The People’s Health’. Students will learn about the factors that affect public health, in particular how living conditions, sanitation, food quality and affected people living in Britain and learn about how people responded to epidemics such as The Black Death. They will study from Medieval times (1250) to present day. This unit is then followed by a British depth study focussed on ‘Elizabethan England 1580-1603’. This investigates the reign of Elizabeth I, including the complex religious issues she faced and her relationship with Spain including research into the Spanish Armada. Students will assess her legacy as ‘one of the greatest rulers’ and they will use evidence to decide how effective her rule was. At the end of Year 10 students will complete a 7-week programme of study focussed on an area of their local History which will include a field visit to Corfe Castle. They will learn about the history and development of the castle and the monarchs who ruled over it.

KS4 Year 11

In Year 11 students will complete a World Study focussed on ‘The Making of America 1789-1900’. Parts of this story are widely misunderstood and involve conflict and persecution and students always enjoy learning about the fate of the Native American Indians, the African Americans, and the story behind the settlement of modern America. Students will then move on to the final of their 5 units, a World Depth Study focussing on ‘Living under Nazi Rule, 1933-1945’. Students will learn about how Hitler established his dictatorship based on fear and persecution and they will learn about how life changed for all German people during this period. The study will help students to understand the Nazi racial policy against the Jews including a study of the Holocaust and finally it will look at attempted resistance and opposition to Nazi rule.

Exam Details

There will be 3 exams all at the end of Year 11 in the summer exam series:

  • Paper 1 – 1 ¾ hours (The People’s Health c.1250- present day and The Elizabethans 1580 - 1603) 40% of final mark
  • Paper 2 – 1 hour Local site study – (Corfe Castle) 20% of final mark
  • Paper 3 – 1 ¾ hours (The Making of America 1789-1900 and Living under the Nazi Regime 1933-1945) 40% of final mark