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One of the key objectives of the History Department at Kent College is to inspire pupils with a love of History so that they can develop a life-long enthusiasm for the subject and recognise the relevance to the present of past events and people.

The study of History provides pupils with the opportunity to develop a wide range of skills, many of which are transferable to other areas of their lives.  Independent research is encouraged, and in all their studies pupils are required to select relevant information, assess the strengths and weaknesses of source material, form coherent arguments and enter into a debate.  The skills of essay and report writing and use of ICT are developed in all years and pupils are given the opportunity to work both as individuals and in groups.

A range of trips designed to enhance their studies is undertaken by all key stages, including visits to Lewes Castle, Chatham Dockyards, Berlin and the First World War battlefields. A level students attend day courses in London conducted by University professors and lecturers and occasionally travel further afield to the National Archives at Kew.

Years 7, 8 and 9

History is compulsory at Kent College in Years 7-9. Students study a broad curriculum ranging from the 11th to the mid-20th centuries, with the emphasis on both British and international History and by following four themes; Wider World, Ordinary lives, Who rules and The Fight for Rights. This allows the budding historians to understand the different ways in which History can be told and studied and begin looking at how events in History impact on our lives today. With the advantages of small class sizes and the provision of high quality resources and teaching, we are well placed to help our pupils become independent and astute historians.

The History Department has recently renewed all the Key Stage 3 textbooks and continues to be updated with relevant websites and books in the library. Firefly has become very important in setting homework at KS3-5 and is updated with lesson PowerPoints and tasks to avoid students falling behind, should they miss a class. 

GCSE History

The EDEXCEL History IGCSE is a popular option at Kent College.  Taking this course helps students to understand the world they live in and enables them to acquire valuable skills which are applicable to a wide range of careers.  Students are trained to think analytically and judge the truth of information they are given or find out and learn to present information and argue their point of view in a clear written format.

The IGCSE course consists of four units, each worth 25% of the final marks.

These units are:

 Germany: development of dictatorship, 1918–45

A world divided: superpower relations, 1943–72

Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905–24

The Middle East: conflict, crisis and change, 1917–2012

  Photo showing the Year 9 trip to Ypres, Belgium.

A Level History

History at Advanced level is viewed as a demanding and highly respected subject by Universities and is a popular choice at Kent College with a number of our students going on to read it at University.  A study of history at A level helps to cultivate the essential skills of written and oral debate, critical analysis and independence of thought.  It provides a valuable foundation for many careers including the law, journalism, advertising, the civil service and the armed forces as well as subject specific professions such as university lecturer, school teacher, archivist and museum curator.  We normally expect that our A level students have at least an A or B grade in history at IGCSE, but we also welcome students who gave up history in year 9 and want to take it up again in the Sixth Form.  They need to demonstrate their skills of literacy and language by having good GCSE passes in English and a humanity subject.

The A-level is compromised of the following units: 

Lower Sixth  

Unit 1: In search of the American Dream: the USA, c1917-96

Unit 2: South Africa, 1948 – 94: from apartheid state to ‘rainbow nation.’ 

Upper Sixth 

Unit 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780 – 1928

Unit 4: Civil Rights in the USA. Coursework. Historical Enquiry - coursework assignment, producing one essay of no more than 4000 words in total.


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