Subject: History

‘’To remain ignorant of things that happened before you were born is to remain forever a child’’ – Cicero    

‘’History never looks like history when you are living through it’’– John Gardner

At the Holly Hall Academy, history courses at all levels seek to equip the student with the knowledge and skills that are essential for personal growth. In so doing, our mission helps to fulfil Holly Hall Academy’s mission to enrich the capacity of its students to think, to learn and to act and lead with integrity and wisdom.

  1. Students should study history in order to learn how and why the world and its peoples came to be as they are today. It helps them to make some sense of the increasingly complex world they inhabit.
  2. Students  should be encouraged to recognise what we share with people in the past, while simultaneously exploring how profoundly their lives differed from our own.
  3. History enables students to explore the diversity of the human experience: how profoundly people have differed in their ideas, institutions and cultural practice show how widely their experiences have varied by period and nationality and social circumstances.
  4. History teaches the analytical skills which will allow pupils to distinguish between fact and fiction and between truth and propaganda.
  5.  History straddles the boundary between the sciences and the humanities.

History is still regarded as a’ gold standard’ subject by universities. On a practical level, the many skills that history students learn prepare them for an almost endless array of career opportunities. Because history gives us tools for analysing and explaining problems in the past, it is an essential tool for problem solving in the present and future. Any career that rewards clear thinking, good writing, articulate speaking, and the ability to ask and answer complicated question about how the world works will be open to a well trained historian.


Curriculum Overview – Year 7

Curriculum Overview – Year 8

Curriculum Overview Year 9

GCSE course offered

OCR GCSE History B: Modern World

Course overview

GCSE History contains 3 Units.

Unit 1 is a 2 hour exam taken at the end of Year 11. It is worth 45% of the total qualification grade.

Unit 2 is a 1 hour 30 minute exam taken at the end of Year 11. It is worth 30% of the total qualification grade.

Unit 3 is a controlled assessment consisting of an essay of approximately 2000 words and is worth 25% of the total qualification grade.

Unit 1:Aspects of International Relations 1919 – 2005

Unit 1 is divided into two parts.

For part 1, students will learn about the Paris Peace Treaties of 1919, the formation and actions of the League of Nations and the collapse of international order of the 1930s and the road to World War 2.

Part 2 consists of a Depth Study of American between 1945-1975. Students will learn about the Red Scare, the Civil Rights Movements of the 1950s and 60s and how far other groups in American have achieved civil rights.

Unit 2: British Depth Study

Unit 2 focuses on Britain from 1890 – 1918. Students will be looking at the Liberal Reforms, the fight for women’s suffrage and the Home Front of World War 1. Students will discover the past through the use and analysis of historical and contemporary sources.

Unit 3: Controlled Assessment

Students will complete an essay of approximately 2000 words. They will research, draft and write this essay in class in exam conditions. Students presently complete the essay on the subject of America between the wars (1919-1941). They will focus their research on the Economic Boom, the Roaring 20’s, the depression of the 1930’s and the recovery process up to America’s entry in World War 2.

Curriculum Overview – Year 10 & Year 11

Curriculum Overview – Year 10 & Year 11 (AQA)

Where can additional information about the curriculum be found?

OCR GCSE History Website –


OCR GCSE History Specification (pdf) – http://www.ocr.org.uk/images/82540-specification.pdf

Revision materials can be found by students on the VLE.