The aim of History is to help students learn about the significant people and events of the past.  They will learn to make connections between different areas and develop their historical understanding.
Within the History curriculum students will have access to learning resources including text books, videos & DVDs, the use of ICT and opportunities to carry out investigations outside of school.  Students will investigate a wide range of people, places and events.  They will explore events that have shaped our history, looking at the people, policies and alliances involved and asking whether if lessons can be learnt from the past.  Students will be encouraged to develop their enquiry skills and will complete research projects.



Thematic units of work on:

Year 7

The Norman conquest; power and politics

The Reformation and the Tudors. An inquiry of the impact of significant individuals on continuity and change

Protest over time. From the Harrying of the North to the Toxteth Riots. A study of causes and consequences

History mysteries. Case studies: Princes in the towers Jack the Ripper. How do historians use sources to reach conclusions?

Year 8

Black people of the Americas. A social history

Women and the vote in the UK. The impact of the Suffragettes

War over time, a thematic study of how wars have been fought

Modern conspiracy theories: from the moon landings to the twin towers


The history department follows the AQA syllabus. This includes two British studies and two world studies. For our British studies we look at medicine through time, from the medieval period to present day. We look at the impact of significant individuals and how they helped to shape the development of medicine. We also examine factors such as war, government and chance that have an impact on continuity and change with in medicine. Our second British study will be a depth study into how Elizabeth I has shaped this country. This will also include a study of the historical environment.
For our world studies we will examine the causes and consequences of World War I. In this unit students will also be taught the importance of narrative accounts within history. Our second world study is Democracy and Dictatorship in Germany 1918-1945, where students will examine sources for their interpretations. We will also consider the significance of key events and their impact on German society and politics.

Year 9

The Kaiser’s Germany

The Weimar Republic

Hitler’s Germany

Medieval Medicine



Year 10

Industrial Age and Modern Medicine

Causes of WWI

The situation before 1918

Triggers and impact of WW1

The US enters the war and its conclusion

Elizabeth’s court and Parliament

Year 11

Life in Elizabethan times 1568-1603

The Historic Environment

Elizabethan country hoses

Elizabeth I, troubles at home and abroad

Germany and WW1

Medicine over time and Elizabeth


At A-level the department continues to follow the AQA syllabus allowing students to further develop skills gained at GCSE. Students will be expected to complete essays that assess historical debate by applying knowledge. They must take a clear line of argument while evaluating both sides and reach substantiated judgments.  Students will also be expected to examine historical sources for their value and validity of interpretation. The topics we cover are The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007 and Russia and its Rulers. There is also a Non Examined Unit which requires students to develop their research skills on a topic of their choosing which must address a historical debate that covers a 100 years.

Unit 1: Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855 - 1964

Year 12

Autocracy and the rule of the Tsars

Serfdom and the demands for change and reform

The challenge to autocracy (Liberal and Socialist opposition)

Russia at war, the revolutions and the establishment of Bolshevik government

Year 13

The emergence of Communist dictatorship and consolidation of authority

Leninist and Stalinist Society and the use of terror.

The Stalinist dictatorship and the USSR in wartime

The rise and fall of Khrushchev – The state of the USSR in 1964

Unit 2: The Making of Modern Britain 1951-2007

Year 12

The Conservative Government and the affluent society 1951-64

The 60’s. The Wilson Labour Government

The end of post war consensus 1970-79 from Heath to Callaghan

Year 13

The Impact of Thatcherism, 1979-87

Towards a new consensus: Major and the realignment of Labour. 1987-1997

The era of new Labour 1997-2007

Connect with us

The Academy of St Nicholas

51 Horrocks Avenue
L19 5NY
Tel: 0151 230 2570
All email to David Lancaster
Email: lancasterd@theacademyofstnicholas.org.uk

How to find us


The Academy is a member of the All Saints Multi Academy Trust. All Saints Multi Academy Trust is the operating name for The Liverpool Joint Catholic and Church of England Academies Trust, company number 07007398.

© Copyright 2017 - Website designed and created by The Academy of St Nicholas