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History is an important part of the curriculum, as well as being excellent preparation for informed citizenship. Farringtons teaches pupils to appreciate and understand how history has sculpted the world we live in today and equips them with the skills needed to succeed.

The History department is very active and lessons always provide plenty for pupils to think about. Teaching styles are varied, and different forms of assessment (essays, exams, role plays, stories and presentations) ensure a wide appraisal of pupils’ true abilities.

In the past, pupils have organised whole-school elections, produced films about Jack the Ripper, re-enacted the murder of Thomas Becket in the school chapel, entered national writing competitions and created models of castles, aeroplanes, and tanks.


GCSE History, like many subjects has undergone extensive revision with a new course and new assessment guidelines, which started from from September, 2016. The History course has now been approved by Ofqual and we have decided that the History department at Farringtons School will be following the Edexcel Specification.  This specification is the Pearson Edexcel Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9 - 1) in History (1HI0)

This new specification provides us with a number of topics we can choose from and the History Department have decided on the following.

Paper 1:  British Thematic Depth Study with Historic Environment 

Crime and Punishment in Britain c 1000 to Present

With Whitechapel, 1870-1900: crime, policing and the inner city

Assessment: This unit is assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 15 minutes.

Weighting:  30% of final grade

Paper 2:  Period Study and British Depth Study

Period Study:  Superpower Relations and the Cold War 1941-91.

British Depth Study:  Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-88

Assessment:  This unit is assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 45 minutes

Weighting:  40% of final grade.  20% on each section

Paper 3:  Modern Depth Study

The USA, 1954-75: conflicts at home and abroad

Assessment:  This unit is assessed by a written examination of 1 hour 20 minutes.

Weighting:  30% of final grade.


  • There is no coursework or controlled assessment within these units
  • Units have been chosen because they map on to parts of the new A-Level course offering progression in terms of both skills and knowledge.
  • GCSE History is a respected qualification, which if done well, allows students a greater choice at 6th form.

History is an excellent preparation for a wide variety of careers and will give students the flexibility they need when making decisions at post-16.  History prepares a student with both the knowledge and skills for careers in law, business, accounting, journalism, education, performing arts, medicine, the civil service, and politics.  It is also suitable as preparation for any career that requires a person to assimilate large quantities of information, and present it concisely and effectively. As you can see, it is ideal for any student who is prepared to work hard to achieve their goals. 


Teachers for this course are currently:   Mr Curran Year 10

                                                                   Mr Jones  Year 11


AS/A Level

History requires students to develop a number of essential skills making it an extremely valuable subject to study. These include the ability to research, select information, communicate ideas and opinions coherently and use a variety of sources to come to logical and supported conclusions.

Studying History at this level provides students with the opportunity to study themes in greater depth, encouraging independence of mind and a clear understanding of historical issues and concepts. As such, it prepares students for a wide variety of university courses, or any challenging field of work. For many employers and university lecturers, the skills that History students acquire are an essential requirement for success.

Common career options for History graduates include law, journalism, administration and management, personnel, teaching and lecturing, museum and art gallery curation, social welfare and many more.