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Bishop Douglass Catholic School

Bishop Douglass Catholic School

In Pursuit Of Excellence

History

History is a key part of the Humanities Faculty and is taught with other Foundation subjects in Years 7 and 8. We are a passionate and innovative department.

We ensure our choice of curriculum reflects the intrigue and excitement of the pupils and topics we teach. It has continued to attract a high uptake at both GCSE and A- Level and we have ensured that students are extremely successful with their results.

Key Stage 3 

The Key Stage 3 course focuses on the development of essential skills such as Chronology, knowledge, Enquiry, Interpretation and the use of evidence. We provide a rich and varied History Curriculum at KS3 with students in Year 7 studying the meaning of History, The Romans, the Norman Conquest, The Tudors, The Stuarts and ending year 7 with a study in local History and particularly looking at the Tower of London. This is complimented nicely with a trip to the Tower at the end of the year. For year 8 pupils they will begin looking at Slavery and then lead into the Industrial Revolution. They will then cover the two World Wars and move on to the world of modern History by looking at the Age of Genocide and USA in the Twentieth Century. By year 9, students enter the GCSE curriculum. 

Key Stage 4 

The KS4 course aims to develop and extend knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history. It also enables pupils to engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers. We study the Edexcel syllabus and constantly strive to choose exciting new themes and topics for the pupils we teach. Throughout this year pupils will be studying The American West 1835–1895 , Elizabethan England 1558–88, Medicine and public health in Britain c50AD to the present day and A study in depth of Germany 1918-1945.

Key Stage 5 

History is long regarded as a subject of weight and merit and is therefore a very popular choice at ‘A’ level.  It is academic in nature yet teaches students many worthwhile skills such as analysis of text, the nature of argument and debate and of course, increases their subject knowledge on individual topics.  In short, it creates independent learners. It is a good qualification for the professions – law, media, accountancy, journalism, public relations to name a few. The A level is composed of 3 units of study: Unit 1: Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702, Unit 2: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945 and Unit 3: Historical Investigation.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Sixth formers trip to Auschwitz
  • Holocaust survivors are regularly invited in to talk to the pupils.
  • Visits to the Imperial War Museum
  • Visits to the Science Museum
  • Year 7 trip to the Tower Of London
  • Battlefield visits
  • Jack the Ripper Tour
  • Visit to Stuart Era Palace