History is a very popular and extremely successful subject at CCHS. Our students relish the opportunity to grapple with some of the great themes of human history, and to use the knowledge they gain to help them understand the society in which they live. They learn to analyse evidence and to write in an informed and analytical way about the events of the past. They also learn to question orthodoxies and to argue with clarity and rigour.

Key Stage 3

  • In Key Stage 3 we start with a survey of a number of aspects of African History, students spend much of year 7 studying Medieval England.
  • In Year 8 we examine the impact of the Renaissance, and go on to study the Reformation in Europe and Britain, the Civil Wars of the seventeenth century. The focus is then switched to the Agricultural and Industrial Revolutions of the eighteenth century and the history of Britain’s empire.
  • Year 9 History is entirely concerned with ‘the twentieth century world’: the First World War, the 1920s and 1930s, the Second World War, the Holocaust, Indian independence and some African history. We finish our Key Stage 3 course with a unit of work focused on terrorism and the events surrounding September 11th and July 7th.


At GCSE, students study OCR Modern World History focusing on: the peace treaties of 1919-21, the League of Nations, the Causes of World War Two, the United States of America 191-41 and Britain 1900-1919. There is also ‘controlled assessment’, on the Russian Revolution of October 1917, to replace the traditional coursework.

A Level

There are two units in AS History, OCR History A, each of which focuses on a hugely significant area of History: the English Reformation and the ‘Origin and Course of the French Revolution, 1774-95’.

History in Year 13 is entirely focussed on nineteenth and twentieth century history. Students study a coursework unit on ‘Britain under Margaret Thatcher’. The other unit is examined and focuses on the struggle for Civil Rights in the United States of America between 1865 and 1992.

Extra-Curricular Activities

The Department is also proud to be able to offer a course on the Philosophy of History. This is entirely optional and taught partly in staff and students’ own time. It provides students with a space in which to reflect on the history, nature and function of the discipline of history, and to consider questions far beyond the ever-narrowing confines of examination syllabi.