Key Stage 3

History fires students’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past. Our aim is to help students understand their own identities and world problems through an understanding of history at personal, local, national and international level. We ask them to question the past in order to make sense of the present and look to the future. Therefore, in order to develop their understanding, we ask them to develop the key skills of independent learning; question, evaluate, identify, explain and then argue.

As part of History we encourage students to explore their surroundings. We aim to provide experiences to work and learn with people of different ages, from different areas and with very different experiences. This could see students discovering their family heritage or being out and about looking at the history on our doorstep or even further afield.


Key Stage 4

What will I study?

You will discover how crime and punishment has changed and developed over the centuries. Explore what makes people turn to crime with the potential of a visit to London to compliment our thematic module. Learners will investigate how Britain changed into the land we live in today. Go exploring in the American Wild West and learn about how America fought with itself and others to create freedom and equality for all between 1954-75.

History lends itself to much discussion and debate and you are encouraged to formulate your own views. This is a lively and stimulating course suitable for all Brownhills students. Much of the subject matter and the skills required in GCSE history make it an excellent preparation for A-levels, for a variety of careers and for life in general!


How will this course be assessed?

As with many other GCSE subjects History will solely be tested by exam. There will be 3 papers just over an hour each to test your skills. On each there will be a mixture of sources and knowledge. The questions will all look familiar to those you have attempted in KS3.


What can this course lead to?

You can go anywhere with a GCSE in History; it will certainly not close doors to future careers. History can lead on to almost any career. GCSE historians definitely do not have to be a history teacher or work in a museum! History graduates have one of the lowest rates of unemployment of any arts graduates. It is a widely respected academic subject that both employers and universities value. This is due to the broad range of transferable skills that History teaches.


Final thoughts

Employers who see that you have a qualification in history know certain things about you. They will know that you have taken on certain key skills which, learned through history, can be applied to all sorts of situations. They know that: students can understand how people tick, what motivates them, what they think and feel.