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Learning at West Coventry Academy



Students study History once a week. Our aim is to generate an interest in history, increase an understanding of heritage and develop skills that will help students succeed in the wider world and at GCSE.  

“Study history, study history. In history lies all the secrets of statecraft.” Winston Churchill

“A people without the knowledge of their past history, origin and culture is like a tree without roots.” Marcus Garvey

Key Stage 3 Curriculum


Qualification: GCSE          Exam Board: AQA

Is History for you?

Do you like finding out about things for yourself?

Do you like finding out about what motivates people in the past and the present?

Are you interested in finding answers to questions like:

  • “Why did the Holocaust happen?”
  • “Why is there so much conflict in the world? ”
  • “How are today’s problems caused by the past?”

Are you good at communicating your ideas orally and in writing?

Do you like working independently and as part of a team?

Are you thinking of a career that uses skills of investigation, evaluation and interpretation?

What Will You Do?

A study of history at GCSE requires pupils to understand change and continuity across a long sweep of history.  Pupils will consider the relationship between past and present, through a focus on a social/cultural theme in British history.  The period study provides the wider world focus, while the History Around Us component allows us the opportunity to visit and explore a site of local interest.

AQA GCSE History (8145) These are the 4 units that you will be examined on at the end of year 11. You can look at the specification to find out more details about the units.

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

Britain: health and the people, C1000–present

Conflict and tension, 1918–1939

Norman England, c1066–c1100

Key Stage 4 Curriculum

Assessment Details:

There are two exams – Paper 1 and 2 are each worth 50% and last for 1 hour 45 minutes each. These exams consist of short answer questions and longer, essay type questions.

Possible Career Options:

  • Law and the Police
  • Social Work    
  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Teaching         
  • Business

Further Education:

  • A/AS level in History
  • BTech Pre uniform service Courses