History is currently one of the most popular subjects within the school. Our students are coached to become independent learners and historians. A variety of teaching methods are used, incorporating presentations, debates, role play, ICT, research and discussions. Students have the opportunity to study different types of historical sources, from manuscripts and artefacts to posters and DVDs. Enrichment through clubs, visits, revision classes and seminars also adds to the experience of studying History at Brentford.
Key Stage 3
All students receive two periods of History teaching a week. The course is designed to give students a broad overview of the development of History over the last 1000 years, focusing on key elements of British and World History. In addition, History provides many transferable key skills, and we focus on enhancing these from the very start of Year 7. This includes learning how to use evidence and explanation to construct an argument, analysing sources critically, communicating ideas verbally and in writing, self-evaluation, debating and research.
Key Stage 4
At KS4 we study the AQA Modern World History course. This GCSE is divided into three units, each worth 25% of the final grade. Two units are assessed through examinations in the summer term of Year 11 and the third unit is controlled assessment planned and completed in class.
Key Stage 5
We currently complete the Edexcel History KS5 programme of study. This involves four units that range in depth and breadth, and also covers a range of time periods from the 18th/20th centuries. Each unit is taught by a specialist teacher.