Key Stage 3

Studying history at Simon Langton Girls Grammar will encourage your analytical thinking and develop your sense of curiosity.

Year Group

Areas of Study


Unit 1: What are the key skills that make a great History detective?

Unit 2: What was life like in England before 1066?

Unit 3: Was William the Conqueror’s victory at Hastings due to his good luck or Harold Godwin’s poor preparation?

Unit 4: Religion, Rats and Revolt: What was life like in the Middle Ages?

Unit 5: A History Mystery – Who killed the Princes in the Tower?

Unit 6: Anthropology and Archaeology: How can we use artefacts to explore the rise and fall of the Incas?


Unit 1: What was King Henry VIII’s ‘Great Matter’?

Unit 2: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: Which interpretation is most accurate about the events of 1605?

Unit 3: How did parliament take power from the monarchy?

Unit 4: ‘Do you hear the people sing?’: Why did the people of France abolish their King?

Unit 5: ‘Am I not a man and brother’? What were the most important facilitators of the abolition movements in Britain and America?

Unit 6: The Fight for our Rights: How and why did the fight for suffrage expand between 1832 and 1968?


Unit 1: Was the downfall of the Qing Dynasty inevitable?

Unit 2: Is the ‘Lions led by Donkeys’ theory an accurate interpretation of soldiers’ experiences in the First World War?

Unit 3: Why did the 1930s become an era of dictators?

Unit 4: The Holocaust

Unit 5: Was appeasement the main cause of the Second World War?  

Key Stage 4



Outline of the Course

  • The course studies four areas of history and provides both a detailed knowledge and understanding of world history, as well as advanced analytical skills.  
  • Students will learn in a variety of different ways that are based around investigating key historical events, ideas and individuals. Students will be expected to investigate and evaluate the importance of each areas studied.
  • Students will be expected to form short and long written answers based on both their knowledge of events and the source material that has been produced about those events.
  • Students will be expected to read around the key areas that they study and will be asked to explain their research in their lessons.
  • Each paper has a range of question types, from source questions to knowledge and evaluation.



Type of Assessment




Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World

America: Expansion and Consolidation 1840-1895

Conflict and Tension 1918-1939

2 hours



Paper 2: Shaping the Nation

Health and the People: Medicine in Society 1000-Present

Elizabethan England c. 1568-1603

2 hours