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History Curriculum Intent

The objective of the History department at Copley Academy is based on a belief in the importance of History, both as an academic discipline within the school curriculum, and as an important foundation stone for living a productive and successful life beyond compulsory education. The specific aims of the History department at Copley are threefold:

1.  Firstly, students should view history as a fun and interesting subject. All teachers within the department love and value the study of the past, and we want students to match this passion, generating an interest in history that will remain with them for life.

2.  Secondly, we wish to transmit knowledge and understanding of the past, both within the UK and the wider world. Students should have an understanding of how the world we live in has been shaped by the past and has an effect on the future.

3.  Finally, it is our aim that students continuously develop life skills such as reading, thinking, evaluating, analysing, empathizing and communicating.


Curriculum Content


Year 7

Students will cover a range of topics including The Romans, Medieval England and Islamic Civilisations. Pupils will develop their source skills.

Year 8

This academic year includes a study of Tudor England, Stuart England, The Industrial Revolution, The British Empire, The Transatlantic Slave Trade, and The Fight for Women’s Suffrage.

Year 9

This academic year includes a study of modern world topics, such as World War One, The Rise of Hitler, The Inter-war period, World War Two and a depth study of the Holocaust.

Year 10

Students begin their study of Paper 1 Section A content: studying America between 1920-1973; and for Section B: Conflict & Tension and The Cold War.

Year 11

Students study content required for Paper 2 Section A: Britain, Health & the People, and Section B: Norman England 1066-1100, with an in-depth focus on a historical site.


GCSE Course Details



GCSE History

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Syllabus Details


QAN code: 601/8217/9

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Assessment Details

Two 2 hour Written Exams – worth 50% each of overall grade, both sat at the end of year 11

Grade 9-1 Course

Coursework Details


Recommended Course Books

My Revision Notes AQA History Guide


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Enrichment Opportunities

The History department run several enrichment events throughout the year, these include:

Holocaust Speaker Workshop
Model Making Competitions
Maritime Slavery Museum Trip

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