History is the study of our past. We learn throughout KS3 where we come from, why people in the past behaved as they did, and how the past shapes our future. We have tailored our syllabus to develop in pupils a sense of understanding and enquiry, providing skills that are transferable to all future occupations. The topics that pupils do throughout KS3 at Wyvern Academy build towards our key subjects at KS4. The exam board that we use for KS4 is AQA.



Unit 1 – Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

In Year 10, pupils will begin the year studying the story of health through humanity’s history. Throughout this syllabus, we chart the story of medieval medicine, the black death and cholera in the 19th century, all the way through to the 20th century, the effect of the World Wars, the development of Penicillin and the founding of the National Health Service. This topic asks pupils to look at the major factors that have caused change through history, using the topic of medicine to gain a greater understanding of the role of the Church, and key individuals throughout the history of the world. 

Unit 2 – Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939

In the second half of Year 10, pupils will study the international relations, rivalries and crises that led from one World War ending in 1918, to another beginning just 21 short years later in 1939. Throughout this topic we will chart the rise of Hitler and Nazi Germany, the effect of the Treaty of Versailles, the ineffectiveness of the League of Nations, and the decisions that were made that some have argued made World War Two inevitable. This topic asks the pupils to consider the key events and individuals as the world hurtled towards another worldwide conflict that would take the lives of 18 million people.  

Unit 3 – Elizabethan England circa 1568-1603

At the beginning of Year 11, our pupils will study one of the most famous monarchs in the history of Britain, Elizabeth I. Pupils will learn about her rise to the throne, her battle to retain her power, and how England prospered under a ‘Golden Age’, whilst battling the key Catholic powers in Europe, as well as battling at home, against would be usurpers such as Mary Queen of Scots. Pupils will analyse whether Elizabeth was as great a leader as history has made her out to be. This is partly done through investigating the effect she had on ‘real people’ across England.

Unit 4 –Germany 1890-1945

Germany is defeated and democracy is forced upon her by the victorious allies. Over the next twenty years the German people slowly turn their back on the freedoms and rights awarded to them under the Weimar Republic and instead support the National Socialist Party and its leader Adolf Hitler. From a minor annoyance of a few hundred members the National Socialists become the dominant force in Germany, changing forever the shape of Europe once more. In essence, this topic is the story of how Germany transitions from dictatorship to democracy, before returning to dictatorship again under the Nazis.



Paper 1:  Shaping the modern world

Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

· 50% of GCSE


Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

·         Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes

·         84 marks (including 4 marks for spelling, punctuation and grammar

·  50% of GCSE