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

Unit 3: Religion, Rats and Revolt: What was life like in the Middle Ages?

Unit 4: Anthropology and Archaeology: Using artefacts from the Incan Empire to explore their rise and fall.


Unit 1: Gunpowder, Treason and Plot: Which interpretation is most accurate about the events of 1605?

Unit 2: Why did Charles I lose his head?

Unit 3: ‘Am I not a man and a brother?’ What were the most important facilitators of the abolition of slavery movement?

Unit 4: ‘Do you hear the people sing?’ What caused the French to abolish their King?


Unit 1: Why did two bullets cause the First World War?

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: 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 1840-95: The creation of the United States and the US Civil War

Conflict and Tension: The causes of the Second World War 1918-39

1 hour 45 minutes



Paper 2: Shaping the Nation:

Health and the People: Medicine in society 1000-Present Day

Elizabethan England: The rule of Queen Elizabeth and the impact of it on English Society

1 hour 45 minutes