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History Course Details

Shell (Year 9) History Course

History is compulsory in the Shell Year (Year 9) and an option at GCSE and A Level. We have designed our own course for the Shell Year and follow OCR specifications for IGCSE and A Level. Specifications for these courses are as follows:

  • To stimulate interest in and enthusiasm for the study of History.
  • To promote knowledge and understanding of human activity in the past.
  • To provide a taste of a variety of types of History, local and international, early and modern, long-term development and in-depth study.
  • ">To provide an introduction to the nature and use of historical evidence.
  • To provide a solid grounding in study skills such as extracting information from sources, to analyse and organise this information and to construct a logical argument.
  • To provide a sound basis for further study, especially the GCSE course, and the pursuit of personal interest.

International Relations and Germany 1918-1939

We introduce our pupils to Modern World History by looking at Germany between the wars and, in the Easter Term, study the Soviet Union under Stalin. In the Summer Term, pupils undertake a major Coursework Project based on an aspect of World War 2 that interests them and we finish the year by studying the History of Canford itself.

Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.

George Santayana

IGCSE History

Studying History prepares pupils for a complex and competitive world.  The challenges of the 21st Century can only be understood in the light of what has gone before.

Whether it is the growing influence of the Asian economies, the reigniting of old tensions between Russia and the West or the messy emergence of democratic movements in the Middle East, studying History affords young people an unrivalled perspective on the world around them.

History at any level is an excellent foundation for many popular careers, including journalism, law, business, the civil service, the intelligence services, the military, broadcasting, accountancy, banking, teaching, publishing, personnel management.

We offer the CIE Modern World History IGCSE course, teaching the following options:

Paper 1:

International Relations 1919-c2000; The USA, 1919-1941 (Depth Study)

Paper 2:

Document study based on one topic from Paper I. In 2017 this will be on the topics of the Peace Treaties after the WW1


The Western Front in the First World War

History includes a phenomenal amount of transferable skills … What a good history student is doing is coping with a lot of diverse human-being-centred information and interpreting it, and that's what life throws at people, and what jobs throw at people.

Christopher Andrew, Professor of History, Cambridge University

A Level History

Studying History prepares pupils for a complex and competitive world. Studying A level History will help develop your skills of:

  • Evaluation
  • Analysis
  • Communication
  • Argument
  • Critical Thinking
  • Empathy

as well as enhancing your University profile. An A Level in History is a serious and well respected academic qualification.  The Russell Group (the twenty-four leading UK Universities) included History on a list of “facilitating subjects” that specifically enhance a pupil's university application and “facilitate” access to competitive degree courses.

We offer the Edexcel Route C, Revolutions in Early Modern and Modern Europe. This thematic route is focused on the nature, causes, and consequences of Revolutions in both Early Modern and Modern Europe.  In the Lower Sixth, pupils will examine the long term causes and consequences of the English Civil War, Revolution, Republic and Restoration across the Seventeenth Century alongside a Depth Study investigating the tumultuous period of Revolution in Russia between 1894 and 1924.  In the Upper Sixth, pupils will look into the revolution of Civil Rights and Liberties in the USA over the last 150 years.

Pupils will also complete a coursework option which will take the form of an independent enquiry of between 3000-4000 words that focuses on evaluating and analysing differing historical interpretations of the Origins of the Cold War.

Pupils will be examined in all four areas at the end of the Upper Sixth.

Lower Sixth

Paper 1:  Breadth Study (30%)

Paper 2:  Depth Study (20%)

Revolutions in Early Modern and Modern Europe

Britain 1625-1701: Conflict, Revolution and Settlement

Russia in Revolution 1894-1924

Upper Sixth

Paper 3: Themes in Breadth (30%)

Paper 4: Coursework (20%)

Late Route

Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA, 1850-2009

3000-4000 word independent enquiry, analysing and evaluating historical interpretations on the Origins of the Cold War