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Prince William School

KS4 Curriculum

The GCSE focuses on the importance of learning from history as well as specific skills that students develop through their use of historical sources, in written answers and by discussion and debate.

Studying History to GCSE supports students in their A level or college courses as well as careers in areas such as journalism, the law and business.

Examination: AQA 8145

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

  1. Conflict in the East: Korea and Vietnam

This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different states and individuals and the ideologies they represented. It considers the role of nationalist movements in causing and sustaining conflict. It focuses on the causes and events of the Cold War in Asia and seeks to show how and why conflict occurred and why it proved difficult to resolve the tensions which arose. This study also considers the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change, as well as how they were affected by and influenced international relations.

  1. America, 1840–1895: Expansion and consolidation

This period study focuses on the development of America during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of expansion and consolidation – the expansion to the west and consolidation of the United States as a nation. Students will study the political, economic, social and cultural aspects of these two developments and the role ideas played in bringing about change. They will also look at the role of key individuals and groups in shaping change and the impact the developments had on them.

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

  1. Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments, their impact on British society and how they were related to the key features and characteristics of the periods during which they took place. Although the focus of this study is the development of medicine and public health in Britain, it will draw on wider world developments that impacted on the core themes. Students will have the opportunity to see how some ideas and events in the wider world affected Britain and will promote the idea that key themes did not develop in isolation, but these ideas and events should be referenced in terms of their effects on the core theme for Britain and British people.

  1. British depth studies.  Norman England, c1066–c1100

This option allows students to study in depth the arrival of the Normans and the establishment of their rule. The depth study will focus on major aspects of Norman rule, considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints of this period and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

Both examinations will take place at the end of year 11. Both are one hour and forty-five minutes and contain source questions and knowledge questions. Both papers are 50% of the final grade.


Cycle  1

Cycle 2   

Cycle 3

Cycle 4  

Cycle 5 

Cycle 6 

Year 10

Conflict in the East

The development of the Korean War: the UN campaign in South and North Korea

The end of the Korean War: Sino-American relations.

Conflict in the East Part two: The Viet Cong and causes of the Vietnam War Escalation of conflict in Vietnam                          The US involvement. Consequences for the war.                                       Part three: The ending of conflict in Vietnam

Medicine and Health through Time 1000-         2000 AD       Part one: Medicine stands still. Medieval medicine:       approaches.          Part two: The beginnings of change. The impact of the Renaissance on Britain.

Medicine and Health Through Time

Part three: A revolution in medicine

The development of Germ Theory and its impact on the treatment of disease in Britain Improvements in public health.

Medicine and Health through

Part four: Modern medicine

Modern treatment of disease: the development of the pharmaceutical industry


Part one: Expansion: opportunities and challenges

Year 11


Part two: Conflict across America

Increasing conflict on the Plains.


The background to the American Civil War.

Part three: Consolidation: forging the nation

The aftermath of the American Civil War.

Norman England

Part one: The Normans: conquest and control.

The historic environment of Norman England

The study will focus on a particular site in its historical context

Norman England

Part two: Life under the Normans

Feudalism and government

Norman England

Part three: The Norman Church and monasticism