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It is a firm belief of the History Department at DESC that History has relevance for all students regardless of age, gender, ethnicity or ability.  It contributes to a students understanding of the world and its interdependence, achievements and aspirations.

Key Stage 3

TermYear 7Year 8Year 9
1An introduction to HistoryThe StuartsWhat is History?
2The Roman EmpireSlavery and Civil RightsWorld War 1
3Medieval TimesThe Industrial RevolutionInterwar Period: 1919-39

Assessment Information

Students complete a formal assessment approximately every 6-7 weeks.  In these, students are given a National Curriculum level and advice for how to improve their performance which they record in their exercise books.

Key Stage 4

TermYear 10Year 11
1Medicine in Britain, C1250-presentSuperpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91
2The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenchesEarly Elizabethan England 1558-88
3Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39Revision of all papers

Key Stage 5

Unit 1C:  The Tudors: England, 1485-1603

  • How effectively did the Tudors restore and develop the powers of the monarchy?
  • In what ways and how effectively was England governed during this period?
  • How did relations with foreign powers change and how was the succession secured?
  • How did English society and economy change and with what effects?
  • How far did intellectual and religious ideas change and develop and with what effects?
  • How important was the role of key individuals and groups and how were they affected by developments?

Unit 2Q:  The American Dream: Reality and Illusion, 1945-1980

  • Truman and Post-war America, 1945-1952
  • Eisenhower: Tranquility and Crisis, 1952-1960
  • The Johnson Presidency, 1963-1968
  • Republican Reaction: the Nixon Presidency, 1968-1974
  • The USA after Nixon, 1974-1980

Unit 3:  Non Examined Assessment (Coursework): Russia 1853-1956

  • The nature of Tsarist rule in Russia, 1856-1917
  • The structure of the Soviet system
  • The attempt to reform Stalin’s Russia to 1964
  • A comparison between dictators, communist leaders and Tsars

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