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GCSE History aims to enable students to become analytical learners. This course allows students to apply their knowledge, skills and understanding of key historical developments over time. It also provides students with the opportunity to have important outreach links with the University of Kent and a visit to the Normandy beaches in France, providing students with an understanding of the importance of the D-Day landings during the Second World War. At A Level the department has a regular visit to Berlin to study the impact of 20th century conflicts on this European city.

This course also aims to help support learners’ development of transferable interpersonal skills, including working with others, problem-solving, independent study, source analysis skills and an ability to integrate sources and develop their own knowledge.


At GCSE Level the students study the following examination units from the OCR exam board:

Paper 1: The People's Health, c. 1250AD to the present with The Norman Conquest, 1065-1087AD- Course Code J411/11

Paper 2: History Around Us: A study of the History of Dover Castle- Course Code J411/21

Paper 3: The Making of America, 1789-1900AD with Living under the Nazis, 1933-45- Course Code J411/39

At A Level students cover the following courses from the Edexcel exam board:

Paper 1: Option 1E: Russia, 1917-91 From Lenin to Yeltsin- Course Code 9H10/1E

Paper 2: Option 2E2: The GDR, 1945-1989- Course Code 9H10/2E

Paper 3: Option 31: Rebellion and Disorder under the Tudors, 1485-1603- Course Code 9H10/31

Paper 4: Coursework: Internally assessed: The role of key people and institutions in the Holocaust

Revision Guides:

GCSE- These will be released by Hodder Education for Paper 1 and 3 from August 2017. The school currently provides textbooks for these exam units and the English Heritage Guide for the Paper 2 course

A Level- The students are provided with revision guides from Hodder Education for each of their exam units 


 Department staff:

Mr A Lees (Curriculum Lead) - a.lees@st-anselms.org.uk 

Mrs L Turner (Teacher) - l.turner@st-anselms.org.uk 

Miss C Dimmock (Teacher) - c.dimmock@st-anselms.org.uk