Skip to content ↓
Newman Catholic College

NewmanCatholic College

A UNICEF Rights Respecting School


“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots “

Marcus Garvey

History is a fascinating subject rich in powerful knowledge. Here at Newman Catholic  College we follow the National Curriculum to provide coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world.

History helps our students to engage critically with the world and to participate as active citizens. History gives our young people the opportunity to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change and continuity, the diversity of societies and the relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

We believe that powerful knowledge in History:

  1. Provides students with a broad range of historical knowledge and understanding, including a sense of development over time, and an appreciation of the culture and attitudes of societies other than our own;
  2. Allows students to gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts;
  3. Gives students power over their own knowledge allowing them to evaluate critically the significance and utility of a large body of material, including evidence from contemporary sources and interpretations of historians;
  4. Enables students to engage directly with questions and present independent opinions about them in arguments that are well-written, clearly expressed, coherently organised and effectively supported by relevant evidence;

Keystage 3 overview 

Students will study these themes over a period of three years.
The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509. The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745.
The challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day in addition to studying the Holocaust.

Year 7

  • The Roman Empire
  • Medieval Realms

Year 8

  • The Making of the UK.
  • Black Peoples of the Americas. A local history study.

Year 9

  • The Industrial Revolution.
  • Twentieth Century World.

Key stage 4 overview 

Students follow the OCR Modern World History GCSE over a period of two years when final examinations are sat.

Year 10

  • Cold War
  • Russia 1905-1941

Year 11

  • Cold War
  • Russia 1905-1941
  • Britain 1890-1918

Key Stage 5 overview 

Students follow a two year Edexcel A level
pathway with examinations sat at the end of the course.

Year 12 Edexcel A level

  • Russia
  • Cold War
  • Germany 1890-1990 

Year 13

  • Russia
  • Post War British political history
  • Cold War

Useful websites for this subject 

BBC History