Subjects
at Cockermouth School

History

History is about people; something in which we all take an interest in some way. Whether we enjoy a good gossip, reality TV, celebrity magazines, soap operas or just a chat with friends we are interested in people and their stories. History is the study of people and how their lives were affected by the times they lived in which often makes them even more interesting to us.

History is about people; all you need is a bit of curiosity about the lives of others to help you access the courses offered by the History department. We offer a variety of courses spread over many different time periods in order to hook students’ interest and allow them to develop the important skills needed for the future such as writing to persuade, using and evaluating evidence and opinions and considering how the past can be interpreted differently by different people. These are useful skills in a variety of jobs.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Year 7 history follows a series of enquiries looking at some key aspects of medieval British history. Students can expect to study significant events such as the Norman Conquest, the Peasants’ Revolt and the War of the Roses. Enquiries will also focus on aspects of medieval life, including the Black Death. Students will be assessed regularly in their knowledge and understanding, their ability to demonstrate conceptual understanding and their use of historical processes.

Year 8

Year 8 history follows a series of enquiries looking at some key aspects of early modern British history. Students can expect to study significant individuals and events such as the Henry VIII, the growth of the British Empire and the Transatlantic Slave Trade. Enquiries will also focus on aspects of early modern life, including the Industrial Revolution and urbanisation. Students will be assessed regularly in their knowledge and understanding, their ability to demonstrate conceptual understanding and their use of historical processes.

Year 9

Year 9 history follows a series of enquiries looking at some key aspects of modern European and world history. Students can expect to study significant events such as the First World War, the Holocaust, the Second World War and 9/11. Enquiries will also focus on aspects of modern life, including the consequences of industrialisation and the link between protest and reform. Students will be assessed regularly in their knowledge and understanding, their ability to demonstrate conceptual understanding and their use of historical processes.

Key Stage 4

Year 10

History in year 10 begins with a study of Anglo-Saxon and Norman England from c1860 to 1088. It includes topics covering Anglo-Saxon England and the Norman Conquest, 1060-66; William I in power: securing the kingdom, 1066-87; Norman England, 1066-88. Students will then study Medicine through time, c1250 to the present day. Topics will include medicine in medieval England, the Medical Renaissance, medicine in 18th and 19th century Britain, medicine in modern Britain and medicine in the British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18. Students will be assessed regularly in their knowledge and understanding, their ability to demonstrate conceptual understanding and their use of historical processes. Assessments will be based on the Assessment Objectives and question styles of the current Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History.

Year 11

History in year 11 begins with a study of The American West from c1835 to c1895. It includes topics covering the early settlement of the West, c1835 to c1862; the development of the Plains, c1862-c1876; and conflicts and conquest, c1876 to c1895. Students will then study Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939. Topics will include the Weimar Republic 1918-1929; Hitler’s rise to power, 1919-33; Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933-39; and life in Nazi Germany, 1933-39. Students will be assessed regularly in their knowledge and understanding, their ability to demonstrate conceptual understanding and their use of historical processes. Assessments will be based on the Assessment Objectives and question styles of the current Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History.

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Year 12 history involves studying two units. One unit is titled ‘In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917–96’. Topics include the changing political environment, 1917-80; the quest for civil rights, 1917-80; society and culture in change, 1917-80; the changing quality of life, 1917-80; and the impact of the Reagan presidency, 1981-96. The second unit is titled ‘South Africa, 1948–94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation’’. Topics include the response to apartheid, c1948-59; radicalisation of resistance and the consolidation of National Party power, 1960-68; redefining resistance and challenges to National Party power, 1968-83; and the end of apartheid and the creation of the ‘rainbow nation’ 1984-94. Assessments will be based on the Assessment Objectives and question styles of the current Edexcel A Level History.

Year 13

Year 13 history involves studying one unit and completing a piece of coursework. The taught unit is titled ‘Poverty, public health and the state in Britain, c1780-1939’. Topics include paupers and pauperism, 1780-1834; less eligibility: the Poor Law Amendment Act and its impact, 1832-47; the government, self-help and charity, 1847-80; social welfare reforms: pressure and action, 1880-1914; depression and the dole: poverty in the interwar years, 1920-39; the impetus for public health reforms; and changes in public health. The coursework element will consist of a choice of questions based around the two areas of study undertaken in Year 12 and focuses on different historical interpretations. Assessments will be based on the Assessment Objectives and question styles of the current Edexcel A Level History.

Outside the Classroom

Students will complete fieldwork at Housesteads Fort, Hadrian’s Wall for the GCSE and will have the opportunity to visit the Thackray Medical Museum in Leeds to help with the medicine course. A programme of revision sessions is delivered every year for students completing GCSE and AS and A Level courses. We also run a number of competitions for Key Stage 3 students such as the castle model building competition in Year 7 which is always hotly contested! They can also enter competitions for making trench and Anderson shelter models in Year 9.