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Langley Grammar School

Langley Grammar School


Years 7-9

During Years 7-9 the following topics are taught.

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

The mystery of the skeletons

Quick history: Romans to Normans – who made the biggest difference?

Did people love or hate living in the Roman Empire?

Who told the truth about 1066?

The Norman Conquest: ‘A fatal day!’

What should everyone know about the Crusades?

Why did the barons rebel against King John?

Why were some kings deposed in the Middle Ages?

Henry II and Becket - Could a king do whatever he liked?

Was it all muck and misery in the Middle Ages?

Rats or rebels – which were the most significant?

What’s been really important this year?


A quick history of Britain 1500–1900

The English Reformation: how did the Reformation affect ordinary people in Tudor England?

What did the industrial revolution do for us?

Why were Europeans mad about empires?

Into the unknown: were all immigrants brave and adventurous?

Which wars should we know about?

Would you have signed Charles I’s death warrant?

How did ordinary people win the right to vote?

What’s been really important this year?

What can the Olympics tell us about the twentieth century?

Why did soldiers carry on fighting in the trenches?

What were the key turning points in the First World War?

What was life like on the home front in the First World War?

What was life like in Nazi Germany?

Why is it important to remember the Holocaust?

How did the Second World War differ from the First World War?

Why did civilians in the Second World War find themselves at greater risk than ever before?

What was it like to live through the Second World War in Britain?

What were the significant developments in the struggle for civil rights in the USA?

What’s been really important this year?



Students studying the subject at GCSE follow the Edexcel specification. During the course the following topics are covered.

Year 9 Year 10 Year 11

What was Russia like in the early 1900s?

1 Modern Depth Study: Russia and the Soviet Union, 1917-41

Topic 1: The revolutions of 1917

  • The February Revolution
  • The Provisional Government
  • The Bolshevik Revolution

Topic 2: The Bolsheviks in power, 1917-24

  • Early consolidation of power, 1917–18
  • The Civil War, 1918–21
  • Changes under the Bolsheviks

Topic 3: Stalin’s rise to power and dictatorship, 1924-41

  • The struggle for power, 1924-28
  • The use of terror in the 1930s
  • Propaganda, censorship and the cult of Stalin

Topic 4: Economic and social changes, 1924-41

  • Agriculture and collectivisation
  • Changes in industry
  • Life in the Soviet Union


2 Thematic study and historic environment

Part 1: Crime and punishment

Topic 1: Crime and punishment in medieval England c.1000-1500

  • Nature and changing definitions of criminal activity
  • The nature of law enforcement and punishment
  • Case study

The same bullet points will be repeated for:

Topic 2:  Crime and punishment in early modern England c. 1500-1700

Topic 3:  Crime and punishment c. 1700-1900

Topic 4:  Crime and punishment in c. 1900-present

Part 2: Whitechapel, c1870–c1900

1 Crime, policing and the inner city

  • The local context of Whitechapel
  • The organisation of policing in Whitechapel
  • Investigative policing in Whitechapel
  • The national and regional context:

2 Knowledge, selection and use of sources for historical enquiries

3 British Depth Study: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

Topic 1: Queen, government and religion, 1558–69

  • The situation on Elizabeth's accession
  • The ‘settlement’ of religion
  • Challenge to the religious settlement
  • The problem of Mary, Queen of Scots

Topic 2: Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88

  • Plots and revolts at home
  • Relations with Spain
  • The outbreak of war with Spain, 1585–88
  • The Armada

Topic 3: Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88

  • Education and leisure
  • The problem of the poor
  • Exploration and voyages of discovery
  • Raleigh and Virginia


4. Period Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War,  1941–91

Topic 1: The origins of the Cold War, 1941–58

  • Early tension between East and West
  • The development of the Cold War
  • The Cold War intensifies

Topic 2: Cold War crises, 1958–70

  • Increased tension between East and West
  • Cold War crises
  • Reaction to crisis

Topic 3: The end of the Cold War, 1970–91

  • Attempts to reduce tension between East and West
  • Flashpoints
  • The collapse of Soviet control of Eastern Europe

For more detailed information on the course content and assessment please refer to the examination board website:


A Level

Students studying the subject at A Level follow the Edexcel specification. During the course the following topics are covered.

Year 12 Year 13

Unit 1: Germany and West Germany, 1918–89

1 Weimar Republic

  • Outline
  • Overcoming challenges to the Weimar Republic, 1918–29
  • Policies of the Weimar Republic
  • Collapse of democracy, 1930–33


2 Nazi dictatorship, 1933–45

  • Establishing a dictatorship
  • Nature of Nazi government, 1934–45
  • Government in wartime, 1939–45


3 FDR to c1965

  • Creation of the Federal Republic of Germany (FDR)
  • Economic regeneration
  • Education and culture


4 FDR c1965–1990

  • The nature of support for democracy in the FDR
  • Women, education and ethnic minorities



1 Political and governmental change, 1918–89

2 Opposition, control and consent, 1918–89

3 Economic development and policies, 1918-89

4 Life in Germany and West Germany, 1918–89


Historical interpretations – How far was Hitler’s policy responsible for the Second World War?


Unit 2: The rise and fall of fascism in Italy, c.1911–46

1 The liberal state, c.1911–18

  • Introduction
  • Italy in the early twentieth century
  • Giolitti’s government in 1911
  • Growing instability, 1912–14
  • Impact of the First World War


2 The rise of Mussolini and the creation of a fascist dictatorship, 1919–26

  • Mussolini and the development of fascism
  • Mussolini gains power, 1920–22
  • The creation of a fascist dictatorship, 1922–26


3 The fascist state, 1925–40

  • Consent and control
  • Relationship with political and economic interests
  • Economic policies
  • Relationship with the Catholic Church


4 Challenges to, and the fall of, the fascist state, c.1935–46

  • Italy’s international standing in 1935
  • Foreign policy 1935–40
  • Impact of Second World War 1940–43
  • Democracy restored, 1943–46

Unit 3: The origins of the First World War

  • Introduction: why was the assassination of the Archduke so significant?
  • How did the emergence of the German Reich affect Europe?
  • What was the ‘Scramble for Africa’ and what impact did it have on international relations?
  • What were the consequences of the decline of the Ottoman Empire?
  • Why was nationalism such a potent force?
  • Why did an Anglo-German naval race develop and how significant was this?
  • How significant was the personality of Kaiser Wilhelm II in increasing international tension?
  • Summer preparation: What do I need to do to make good progress during the Summer Holiday?
  • How did the system of alliances change and why did two power blocs emerge?
  • Why did a naval race develop between Britain and Germany and how significantly did this affect relations between these two states?
  • How did Balkan instability affect the Great Powers?
  • How did events develop between the assassination of the archduke and the outbreak of war and why did they take this course?
  • Which factors contributed to the outbreak of war and to what extent?
  • How have historians interpreted the origins of the First World War?
  • How have historians interpreted the origins of the First World War?
  • How should books and articles be reviewed?
  • Reading and preparation of reviews
  • How should the assignment be planned and written?

Unit 4: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780–1928

Breadth - Reform of parliament:

  • The electoral system in the 1780s
  • Support for parliamentary reform 1780-1830
  • Revival of reform, 1829-32
  • The campaign for, and resistance to, reform 1831-32
  • The impact of the 1832 Reform Act
  • The Second Reform Act, 1867
  • The impact of the Second Reform Act
  • Reform of parliament: removing corruption
  • The Third Reform Act, 1884/5
  • The Parliament Act, 1911
  • The Reform Act, 1918 and 1928


Aspects in depth: mass protest and agitation

  • 1 Radical reformers, c1790–1819
  • 2 Chartism, c1838–c1850
  • 3 Contagious Diseases Acts and the
  • campaign for their repeal, 1862–86
  • 4 The Women’s Social and Political Union,
  • 1903–14
  • 5 Trades union militancy, 1917–27

For more detailed information on the course content and assessment please refer to the examination board website: