There are four specialist teachers of History within the Department. It is a strong team who are enthusiastic, dedicated and extremely supportive. Members of the team are consistently judged good or outstanding by Ofsted criteria for the quality of teaching.

History is a very popular option choice for students at both key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. This presents both opportunities and challenges.

Course Outline

This is a two year A Level course which consists of 5 topics. Students complete an AS qualification in the first year consisting of two units.


No Coursework at AS. Coursework for one unit at A level.
Examination– There will be two one hour and a half papers at the end of the first year to complete AS in the first year. There will be a further three examinations of an hour and a half, plus submitted coursework pieces to complete the A level in the second year.

Examining Board 


Special Entry Requirements

Students are usually required to achieve a grade C at GCSE History.

Career Opportunities

With a history qualification you will have gained skills highly valued by employers, such as analytical and critical reasoning, oral and written communication and research skills  - a history qualification is a good launch pad for a wide range of careers, including law, the public sector, business management and finance.

Teaching Methods

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The quality of teaching in the department has been graded as ‘Outstanding’ most of the time. Marking and feedback has improved and leads the way in the college. The feedback from students regarding teaching in the department is more positive than ever. Staff in the department continually strive to improve and refine their practice and are instrumental in supporting teaching improvements across the college.

How is the course graded

How to succeed in GCSE Art

Successful students need be imaginative, creative and positive. Students must be organised and prepared to work hard in their own time. Patience and peristence are key virtues, as is the ability to take criticism positively. Successful students need to be open, expressive and committed.

Skill Requirements

GCSE students are encouraged to work over an extended period of time on the development of their projects. This process is broken down into easily understood targets by the Art teacher and requires a mature and independent approach from the student in order to be successful.

Students should always have a set of personal targets to complete – these targets are likely to be detailed on the student’s Progress Log and found on the task lists in their sketchbook.

How can you help?

Ask your son/daughter about their artwork and their ideas. Take them to galleries and to places where they can gather photographs for their work. Provide them with materials and tools, and try to sort out a space in the house for them to study. Finally, ask to see their Progress Logs – it’s all there!

Extra-curricular Support

The Art Department opens its doors daily to students to come and work at break, lunchtime and after school on Tuesdays & Thursdays. We regularly arrange Saturday Workshops, sometimes inviting specialist artists to deliver a master class. There are many other opportunities to be involved more in Art such as mural painting, Rock Challenge set design and Saatchi Online (