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History & Politics

Welcome

Who’s who in the Department?

  • Ms E. Suter – Head of Department
  • Mr A. Petty
  • Mrs A. Vianello
  • Miss K. Main
  • Mr C. Doherty

We want to equip our students with the skills and knowledge to make sense of the world around them and their place in it. We teach a broad History curriculum in order to stimulate their interest. In the Sixth Form we also offer Politics which is a popular option choice.

We offer educational visits to the Battlefields of Belgium and France, Berlin as well as to Westminster amongst other places. We have a proud record of inviting speakers into school including Alastair Campbell, Natalie Bennett and Baroness Newlove.

Email the department: historydepartment@uptonhigh.co.uk

Curriculum

Key Stage 3 (Year 7 & 8)

Students study local, national and global history.

Year 7 Curriculum

The Battle of Hastings and Norman conquest, the power of the Medieval Church, the power of the Medieval king, the impact of Henry VIII’s divorce, the changing role of the monarchy.

Year 8 Curriculum

The Slave trade, the Industrial Revolution, the fight for the vote, WW1 20th Century dictatorships, WW2. genocide, terrorism, migration

Key Stage 4 (Year 9, 10 and 11)

GCSE History EDEXCEL 1H10 (first examination Summer 2018)

Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment (British Medicine and the British sector of the Western Front)

Written examination: 1 hour and 15 minutes

30%* of the qualification 

52 marks (16 for the historic environment, 36 for the thematic study)

Paper 2: Period study and British depth study (The American West and Anglo Saxon and Norman England)

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes

40%* of the qualification

64 marks (32 for the period study and 32 for the British depth study)

Paper 3: Modern depth study (Weimar and Nazi Germany)

Written examination: 1 hour and 20 minutes

30%* of the qualification

52 marks

Key Stage 5 (Year 12 and 13)

A Level History AQA (7042)

Component 1: The Tudors: Britain 1485-1603 (Unit 1C)

Assessed

• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• three questions (one compulsory)

• 80 marks

• 40% of A-level

Questions

• two sections

• Section A – one compulsory question linked to historical interpretations (30 marks)

• Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

Component 2: Revolution and dictatorship: Russia, 1917–1953 (Unit 2N)

Assessed

• written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• three questions (one compulsory)

• 80 marks

• 40% of A-level

Questions

• two sections

• Section A – one compulsory question linked to primary sources or sources contemporary to the period (30 marks)

• Section B – two from three essays (2 x 25 marks)

Component 3: Historical investigation: US Civil Rights 1865-1968

Assessed

• 3000–3500 words

• 40 marks

• 20% of A-level

A Level Politics EDEXCEL               

Component 1: UK Politics (*Component code: 9PL0/01)

Written examination: 2 hours

33⅓% of the qualification

84 marks

Content overview:

1. Political Participation, students will study:

• democracy and participation, political parties, electoral systems, voting behaviour and the media.

2. Core Political Ideas, students will study:

• conservatism, liberalism, socialism.

Assessment overview:

Section A: Political Participation

One 30-mark question from a choice of two (each question uses a source) – students must complete one of these. Plus one 30-mark question from a choice of two – students must complete one of these.

All questions assess AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Section B: Core Political Ideas

One 24-mark question from a choice of two, which assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Component 2: UK Government (*Component code: 9PL0/02) 

Written examination: 2 hours

33⅓% of the qualification

84 marks

Content overview 1. UK Government, students will study: • the constitution, parliament, Prime Minister and executive, relationships between the branches.

2. Non-core political ideas, students will study: • feminism.

 Assessment overview Section A: UK Government

• One 30-mark question from a choice of two (each question uses a source) – students must complete one of these. Plus one 30-mark question from a choice of two – students must complete one of these.

 • All questions assess AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Section B: Non-core Political Ideas

 • One 24-mark question from a choice of two, which assesses AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Component 3: Comparative Politics (*Component code: 9PL0/3A)

Written examination: 2 hours

33⅓% of the qualification 84 marks

Content overview, students will study:

• the US Constitution and federalism, US Congress, US presidency, US Supreme Court and civil rights, democracy and participation, comparative theories.

Assessment overview for 3A

Section A

• One 12-mark question from a choice of two, which assesses AO1 and AO2.

Section B

• One compulsory 12-mark question focused on comparative theories, which assesses AO1 and AO2.

Section C

• Two 30-mark questions from a choice of three, which assess AO1, AO2 and AO3.

Extra-Curricular Opportunities

These vary every year. We visit sites, enter competitions, and invite guest speakers. Here are some examples:

  • Year 7 – A visit to Conwy Castle
  • Year 8 – Imperial War Museum North
  • Year 9 – Thackray Medical Museum
  • Year 10 – Trip to the Battlefields
  • Year 11 – Visit to Berlin
  • Year 12 – Lessons from Auschwitz project
  • Year 13 – Visit to Liverpool University for research

Mock Council of the European Union, Youth Parliament, Peers in Schools (outside speakers) - such as Baroness Walmsley and Baroness Newlove.

Year 9 Battlefields Visit

A large group of Year 9 students made a thought provoking visit to the World War I battlefields of Belgium & France. Further details of the study visit, including insights from students and photos, can be found on the trip blog here.

Useful websites for Research

BBC Learning
History Learning Site
Spartacus Educational

Useful websites for Revision

GCSE Bitesize
School History
GCSE Revision including Podcasts