At Tibshelf Community School all students study History in Years 7, 8 and 9 and they can opt to study it in Years 10 and 11 for GCSE. History at the school is recognised as an important and essential part of the curriculum, especially in light of the introduction of the English Baccalaureate.
The Key Stage 3 programme of study has been designed to reflect contemporary Britain. It develops an in-depth knowledge across a broad and diverse range of subjects and enables students to gain historical perspective through the study of local, national and international history.

Students will develop critical thinking skills, confidence in the use of academic language and the ability to communicate their own opinions and judgements. 

This KS3 programme provides students with the necessary knowledge and skills to access the OCR GCSE history course but also supports students in laying the foundations for further study and future careers.



Key Stage 3 – 2 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 4 – 3 x 1hr per week

Key Stage 3 Key Topics

Year 7



Year 7 is a chronological study of the history of Britain. It begins with a study of the Roman Empire in Britain before moving onto the Middle-Ages, Tudors & Stuarts, the Industrial Revolution, Britain’s relationship with France in the 1800s and the British Empire.  Students will develop a chronological understanding of Britain with the development of church, state and society. It is also a study on how Britain has been influenced and how Britain influenced the wider world.


Year 8

In Year 8, students study history from different perspectives. We study groups of people who have fought for equality along with the pursuit of political and social justice.  We begin with African Civilisations before looking at the slave trade and its impact on Africa, Britain and the wider world. We then study the Civil Rights movement in America.  Other topics in Year 8 include the campaign for democracy and equality in Britain, a thematic study in crime and punishment in Britain and a local study on the history of Cromford Mill.


Year 9

In Year 9 students focus on challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901-present day. Topics studied include WWI, WWII, Life in Nazi Germany & the Holocaust, the Cold War and modern conflict.


Key Stage 4 Qualifications

GCSE History OCR Specification B SHP

5 equally weighted units, 3 final examinations

Paper 1: British History

  • The later Elizabethans 1580-1603 - depth
  • The People’s Health c.1250-Present - breadth

Paper 2: History Around Us

Study of Tibshelf and the surrounding area with specific focus on the development and consequences of coal mining

Paper 3: World History

  • Life in Nazi Germany, 1933-1945 - depth
  • The Making of America, 1789-1900 - breadth


Revision and extra-curricular information


    • Y11 Revision will be held every Monday lunch time in GL2 from 13.15-13.55.


    • Y11 Intervention will be held on Tuesday after school in GL2 from 15.00-16.00.


    • KS4 drop in sessions are run on a Thursday lunchtime in GL2.


    • Holiday revision sessions will be communicated with Parents/Carers via email/text


    • Revision guides will be provided to pupils free of charge.



    • There is an opportunity for pupils to visit Auschwitz as part of the Auschwitz-Krakow educational visit in Year 10. See Enrichment Booklet for further details.



Mrs K Wilkinson - Head of History

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