History at King Richard III College covers all the requirements of the British education system in an international school setting. Courses are established for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5.
History is taught with the philosophy that we should always look to the past if we are to understand the present.
Key Stage 3
At Key Stage 3, pupils in Year 7 learn about medieval history including the roles of kings and major events such as the Norman invasion of England and the beginning of feudalism, the Crusades, the Magna Carta as well as the Black Death and others. In Year 8 they look at modern history, comprised between the discovering of America in 1492 and the French Revolution, studying topics related to the decline of Feudalism, Renaissance, Reformation, the Tudors, etc. In Year 9, students learn about the French Revolution, the Industrial Revolution, the rise and fall of the slave trade as well as how the World Wars began, Communism versus Capitalism and Civil Rights movements.
Key Stage 4
Pupils who select the option of IGCSE History follow course 0470 set by the University of Cambridge International Examinations board. This course is a study of 20th century history from 1918 to 1980. Pupils study Germany 1918 to 1945, the Treaty of Versailles, the League of Nations, the Cold War, events in Eastern Europe 1945 to 1980, Cuban Missile crisis, Vietnam War and the United Nations. They are assessed finally in 3 examination papers.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 pupils can select syllabus 9389: University of Cambridge International AS and A2 level History. This course begins with the Origins of the First World War continues with the Russian Revolution and ends with the League of Nations and the creation of the United Nations. Final assessment is by 2 written examinations.
Key Stage 5 – A Level
For A2, pupils study Europe of the dictators (Stalin, Lenin, Hitler and Mussolini) and the Cold War in great detail, the growth of nuclear weapons and the fall of Communism in Eastern Europe. Final assessment is by written examination.
As an academic subject, it is very highly rated by universities in their assessment of potential students.