History is an impressive academic subject. At Outwood Academy Acklam History is engaging and relevant. Without knowing our history, we cannot understand our future.



Key Stage 3

The History course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the EDEXCEL GCSE (9-1) History course in Key Stage 4. At KS3 students study history for one hour a week in year 7 and two hours a week in year 8. The topics taught cover over 1000 years of human history and look at history from a local, national and a global level. Students are able to study a variety of topics including; the Tudors and Stuarts, the Slave trade, the two world wars, the Holocaust and America in the 20th Century. Each topic focuses on different exam skills in order to develop the key historical skills necessary to study history at GCSE. Teaching methods are innovative and inclusive ensuring all students are able to access the curriculum, enjoy the subject and see the value of studying history.

Studying History helps with vital skills, such as:

• Literacy and Communication Skills
• Questioning & Listening Skills
• Enquiry & Empathy
• Co-operation and Teamwork
• Sharing Opinions
• Retaining Information
• Understanding the world around us


If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Miss R Barker, Head of Humanities or Mrs W Khot Subject Lead for History.

Key Stage 4

EDEXCEL GCSE (9-1) History

History GCSE (9-1) – Edexcel (QAN code 60180924)
Medicine through time, Early Elizabethan England & Modern History Weimar, Germany

Progression Routes

History is an impressive academic subject valued by all branches of higher education and employers. The study of History provides students with a capacity for analysis, an ability to communicate and an understanding of the decision making process. These skills are highly sought after by employers and will benefit students in their working and social life. The skills acquired from the study of History will benefit those seeking a career in law, civil service, commerce, business, media and many others.
If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Miss R Barker, Head of Humanities or Mrs W Khot Subject Lead for History.

Enrichment Opportunities for History

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.