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Welcome to the History Department

Mission Statement:








Step back in time with The Community College Whitstable’s History Department. 

The History Department seeks to develop a lifelong passion for History in our students.  History is filled with exciting mysteries, death and diseases, tales of mankind’s courage and determination, which are often stranger than fiction.

History trips to Ypres, Tower of London, Rochester Castle, Hampton Court Palace, Hunterian Museum and the Old Operating Theatre aim to further develop a genuine interest and curiosity of the past. 

The study of History also enables students to develop important ‘transferable skills’.  The discipline of essay writing and source analysis encourages students to construct relevant, coherent, well-reasoned arguments, which are important cross-curricular / life skills.  Our History Department has a wealth of artefacts and film resources which, together with our enthusiastic teaching staff, help to bring the subject to life. 

Curriculum Leader:

Mrs D Johnson

Other members of the Department:

Ms T Coleman, Mr N Oladajoye.










































Key Stage 3 Curriculum:

The History Department takes a chronological approach to the study of history at Key Stage 3. As a result of the new Key Stage 3 National Curriculum our Year 7 students, from September 2014, will be starting our revised programme of study.  This will in turn be rolled out, over the next two years, to Year 8 and Year 9 students. 

  • Year 7 students begin the academic year with basic skills and a study of Britain pre-1066. This will be followed by the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1455.  The students will investigate the impact of the Norman Conquest and how it changed our country, including both local and world studies, e.g. The Crusades
  • Year 8 students continue their chronological study from the Wars of the Roses and the changes brought about by the Tudors, Stuarts and English Civil War, investigating the development of Church, state and society 1455 to 1745. This will be followed by a study on the impact of the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire.
  • Year 9 students follow on from the Year 8 study with the North Atlantic Slave Trade, before moving on to the causes and consequences of both world wars.  Their end of Key Stage 3 study finishes with the history of the Troubles in Ireland, which links back to the political and religious changes studied in the previous two years.    

Key Stage 4 Curriculum:

GCSE History is a popular option subject and our students, from September 2016, study the Edexcel GCSE History (9-1) – Edexcel 1H10/11/B3/28-29/31.  The students will sit three examination papers, as there is no longer a controlled assessment element to the new GCSE History course. 

  • Paper 1 (1H10/11) worth 30% of the available marks combines a thematic study and historic environment: Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. 
  • Paper 2 (1H10/B3 and 28/29) worth 40% of the available marks is a combination of a British depth study and a period study.  The British depth study (B3): Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-1540.  The period study (28/29): Conflict in the Middle East, 1945-91. 
  • Paper 3 (1H10/31) worth 30% of the available marks is a modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39.
  • Our students will sit all three examination papers at the end of Year 11.
  • The GCSE programme of study will take a largely chronological approach.

Year 10:

  1. Henry VIII and his ministers, 1509-1540,
  2. Medicine in Britain, c1250-present
  3. Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-39. 

   Year 11:

  1. Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-39 continued
  2. Conflict in the Middle East, 1945-91
  3. Revision

Key Stage 5 Curriculum:

Our students follow the OCR History A specification (H505).  This is an interesting two year course, which at A2 allows the students to produce an independent study of their choice - good preparation for university.  The students sit all three examination papers at the end of Year 13.    

Year 12:

  • Unit group 1: British period study and enquiry, worth 25% of the available marks.  Y105: England 1445-1509: Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII (Enquiry topic: Wars of the Roses, 1445-1461)
  • Unit group 2: Non-British period study, worth 15% of the available marks.  Y221: Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany, 1919-1963, which builds on the students’ GCSE study of Germany. 

  Year 13:

  • Unit group 3: Thematic study and historical interpretations, worth 40% of the available marks.  Y306: Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603. 
  • Unit Y100: Topic based essay, worth 20% of the available marks.  Students will complete a 3000-4000 word essay on a topic of their choice, which may arise out of content studied elsewhere in the course.  This is an internally assessed unit.