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History at The Sutton Academy is about encouraging a love and enjoyment for History. The History curriculum will allow students to have a diverse and deep understanding of the past and relate this to how it impacts on our present and future. History is a subject that demands reading, engagement and thought. The skills gained will enable students to become critical thinkers who are able to articulate and explain themselves in a considered way.

Years 7 & 8 

What will I study?

Year 7
How did migration change life in Britain from the years 500BC – 1066AD?
The impact of the Norman invasion
When worlds collide: The Islamic world and the Crusades
Who held power in the Mediaeval world?
Mansa Musa: Who was the richest man who ever lived?
The Tudors: What problems did the reformation cause?
Elizabeth I: Was being a woman a problem for Tudor Monarchs?
Why did people protest against the Stuarts?

Year 8
How far did Britain and other European's impact on the lives of the West African people?
How much did Britain transform during the Industrial revolution?
What caused people to demand change during the 18th and 19th Centuries?
Why are there different interpretations of the British Empire?
To what extent has America always been a divided nation?

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed by extended writing and historical source style questions at the end of topics that will prepare you for GCSE assessments in the future.

Years 9, 10 & 11 

What will I study?

Year 9
Why did it take so long for women to get the vote?
What can we learn from contemporary evidence about WW1?
How much of an impact did the Russian Revolution have on the rest of the world? 
How far was victory in WW2 down to Winston Churchill?
How was the holocaust allowed to happen and why must it be remembered?
How far did the legacy of empire impact on Britain after WW2?
Modern Britain – why is society the way it is today?

At TSA, we follow the AQA GCSE course. Where you will study a range of topics such as Democracy and Dictatorship: Germany 1890 – 45, Conflict and Tension between East and West 1945 – 1972, The migration of peoples to and from Britain from c790 to the present day and a British depth study on Elizabethan England 1568 - 1603.

What skills will I develop?

You will be taught essay writing skills and understand how to study historical sources. This will also strengthen your ability to analyse, explain and infer. As a result of these skills you will be able to make substantiated judgements, a highly prized skill by future employers.  

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed regularly throughout the course, at the end of each topic/ module by a range of exam style questions. You will finish the course by completing 2 – 2 hour long exams at the end of Y11. Both exams are based on the content of the course.

Key Stage 5 

What will I study?

At TSA we follow the A Level AQA history course were you will study:

  • Tsarist and Communist Russia - 1855 - 1964
  • The Making of Modern Britain - 1951-2007
  • German Unification in the 19th Century
What skills will I develop?

You will build on the skills from GCSE while developing independent research techniques and analytical writing. You will also develop investigative skills when planning and executing your individual research piece at the end of A Level for your NEA (coursework)

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed regularly throughout the year using exam questions. Your exams will consist of assessment of the content taught (80%) and via a piece of coursework (NEA) (20%).