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Uxbridge High School


As a popular subject at Uxbridge High School history offers a wide range of topics across the key stages.

The history curriculum area occupies a suite of rooms in the Old Building. All History classrooms are well-equipped and have interactive whiteboards.

There are four full time teachers in the History curriculum area.

key stage 3

At Key Stage 3 pupils are taken on a journey through history as they explore major topics in British, European and World History. Examples include finding out in Year 7 why William won the Battle of Hastings and investigating in Year 8 why King Charles I lost his head. In Year 9 to begin preparation for GCSE, pupils focus on more recent history, including the two momentous global conflicts of the 20thcentury and the tension of the Cold War that followed.

Pupils are set homework tasks regularly with the opportunity for extension work also available. Formal assessment of progress takes place once each half-term.

key stage 4

At the end of Year 9 we begin to focus more fully on GCSE topics and build on the exam skills that pupils have been developing through Key Stage 3. The first GCSE topic that pupils look at is a thematic study of changes in Crime and Punishment through History, c.1000-2000.

In Year 10 and 11 the students continue to follow the Edexcel syllabus. Students learn a broad range of topics from Medieval history to 20th Century history, these are formally examined at the end of Year 11. Alongside the thematic Crime and Punishment study pupils also consider a period topic: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c.1055-89 and a depth study: Nazi and Weimar Germany, 1918-1939. They will finally study a Modern depth topic: The Cold War.

Exam Board - Edexcel

Exam - 100%

key stage 5

For A Level, we are currently transitioning from the Edexcel syllabus to OCR.  In Year 12 the students study two topics: a non-British History topic - option Y221 ‘Democracy and Dictatorships in Germany 1919-1963’ and a British History topic – option Y113 ‘Britain 1930-1997' (this includes an enquiry topic on Winston Churchill).

In Year 13, current students study a breadth topic: 2H.1 The USA, 1955-92 Conformity and Challenge, whilst they also complete their coursework on Post-War British History. The Coursework involves pupils undertaking independent research culminating in a 3,000-4,000 essay examining interpretations of a key historical controversy of this period. 

Exam Board - Edexcel

Coursework - 20%

Exam - 80%

extra curricular

The History curriculum area offers a number of opportunities for the students to enrich their studies and develop their skills, both in school and on a number of interesting school trips and extra-curricular activities.  Visits have recently included Warwick Castle, the WWI and WWII Battlefields of Ypres and the Somme, Auschwitz-Birkenau Concentration Camp in Poland and London’s East End. There is a weekly History club on Tuesdays after school.