Exam Board Entry Requirements Subject Leader
AQA Grade 6 or above in GCSE History Mrs K Ladly

The Campion History department aims to inspire and develop young historians with an interest in history and its impact on the modern world. We encourage and support students to think analytically about major events in British and world history and to think critically about attitudes towards our past.

Students will engage in a detailed study of various period of history which will allow them to develop as historians. Through study of contemporary and academic sources as well as in class debates and discussion students will develop the ability to work independently to form arguments about a variety of historical periods and events.


Unit Summaries

1H Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964

2B The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499

3:  Irish Nationalism, 1823-1923 (Non-Examined Assessment)


Assessment will focus on the writing of analytical and evaluative essays and the analysis of historical evidence and interpretations of History. It will include examined options and an individual enquiry.

There are two examinations carrying 40% of the final mark and a Non-Examined Assessment which carries 20%)

2 x 2 hours and 30 minute papers


Progression into Higher Education/Vocational Destinations

The study of history allows students to develop a wide variety of skills which are valued at both degree level and by various industries. History is designated by the Russell Group universities as a facilitating subject and as such carries considerable weight when applying to study any course at their institutions.

Critical analysis of source materials, verbal and written communication and decision making skills are all skills which are cited by various employers as the benefits of studying history at A Level and beyond. As well as careers in education, research, law, journalism and politics, history students are often successful in careers in business and finance.

Further Information

Classes are taught by two members of staff, each of whom specialises in a particular unit.  You are led through a carefully planned programme of skills enabling you to make the transition from GCSE to A level.  You will then be expected to do set reading before lessons, so that you are able to come ready to discuss, as discussions form the basis of many lessons.  Source work is practised in lessons, and model essays planned, or marked ones reviewed.  Videos and DVDs are used and where possible visits to historically relevant sites.  There is also a library of books in the history office, and you will be encouraged to read widely

You will learn how to weigh up evidence and form a balanced judgement of your own.  You will also learn how to write a clear and precise argument.  You will develop techniques for answering source questions. You will need to be prepared to read widely and take notes and must also be prepared to take a full part in discussions.