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This engaging course takes the students on a tour of the Tudor age all the way to WWI whilst considering the events that have shaped our world and our nation today.  Why did the Armada fail?  What is Chartism?  And how were Barry docks built?  These are but a few of the intriguing questions which are answered here.

Miss R James - Pennaeth Adran

Mr S Evans

Mrs C Noakes

Mr G Powell

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‘Although we study events from the past, History is relevant to the present and the future. Studying History has allowed me to develop many skills, especially analytical and evaluative skills that allow me to look at the world as a historian. One of my most memorable experiences while studying A Level History was going to Auschwitz as part of the ‘Lessons from Auschwitz’ project. This was an unforgettable experience.’

Ellie Huxter 

KS3 (Year 7-9)







Fy Mro (Humanities). A unit of work based on recognising the historical, religious and geographical context to their specific ‘Bro’ (area) in Wales.




Fy Ngwlad (Humanities). A unit of work based on recognising the historical, religious and geographical context of Wales.




Fy Myd (Humanities). Class project based on history, geography and religions of different countries around the world.




1. The Protestant Reformation

2. Interpretations of Elizabeth I

3. The failure of the Spanish Armada 




1. Stuarts

2. The Industrial Revolution (conditions in the coal mines)

3. Chartism




1. Barry Docks

2. Slavery




1. Long term and short term effects of WWI

2. Effect of WWI on women

3. Generals of WWI




20th Century World

1. Aberfan Disaster

2. Remembering Tryweryn

3. JFK – strong or weak leader?  The assassination

4. Terrorism




Starting Unit 2 History GCSE

USA – A nation of contrasts 1910-29

1. Immigration

2.Religion and Race



KS4 (Year 10-11)

“Not to know what happened before one was born is always to remain a child.” – Cicero



Do you understand the world that we live in? Do you want to improve your knowledge and understanding of the topics that are covered on the news?

It is said that we learn from past mistakes, and that they form the present world. By studying this modern and dynamic course, you will develop and enhance your knowledge and understanding of the past, present and future.


Course purpose:

• Opportunity to study a range of events from Welsh, British and World history.

• To build on the knowledge, skills and understanding acquired in Years 7,8 and 9.

• Opportunity to use a range of sources of information, such as ITC, written and visual sources, artifacts, music, videos and buildings and sites.

• Encourage you to adopt and improve your research and enquiry skills.

• To prepare you for future challenges.


History will prepare you for many A-Level and Higher Education courses at colleges and universities. History develops a wide range of skills that can be used in most careers, and many careers regard History as an advantage – such as education, law, politics and the civil service, police, journalism, research and many more. 80% of people in managerial positions in Britain have studied History!


Course Details:

The History Department prepare pupils years 10 and 11 for WJEC GCSE History (Wales). Pupils will study 4 units:


Unit 1 (In-Depth Study) DEPRESSION WAR AND RECOVERY, 1930-1951 (25%)

• Life in Depression

• Britain and the Threat of Germany

• War on the Home Front

• Post-War Wales and England


Unit 2 (In-Depth Study) (25%) USA: COUNTRY OF DISCRIMINATION 1910-1929

• Problems and challenges

• Economical change

• American culture and society

• Role of Women


Unit 3 (Thematic Study) (30%) CHANGES IN CRIME AND PUNISHMENT, 1000 to today.

• Matter and nature of crimes

• Enforcing law and order

• Methods of fighting crime


Unit 4 (Coursework) (20%) CONTROLLED ASSESSMENT

Two essays based on historical sources.



Every pupil will sit the same exams, this gives an opportunity for everyone to gain A*.


KS5 (Year 12-13)

Subject Leader: Miss Rhiannon James
Examination Board: WJEC
Examinations: 80%
Coursework: 20%

Entry Requirements:

The course will give you the opportunity to continue with your historical studies. You should aim to achieve a Grade B or above in GCSE History. However, it is possible for students to revisit History again if they did not study the subject at GCSE level. All cases will be considered individually.

What is History?

Historians! By looking at the past, we can see into the future. This course requires us to utilise our understanding and knowledge to bring History alive. The study of History develops our skills to express clearly in both oral and written form, gather and investigate sources, and organising materials in a logical and coherent way. History is an academic subject, and the skills that you will master through its study increases many opportunities for both further education and careers.

What will I learn whilst studying History?

The course is intended to offer an exciting and varied study of History, and to ensure that we study different historical periods from that studied in the GCSE course. You will study fascinating historical events within modern and medieval periods during the course. Several approaches to learning and teaching are used such as seminar discussion, oral presentations, researching sources, videos, research using ICT, educational visits and external lectures. You are expected to research and read independently.

Course Content:

Unit 1 – Government, Rebellion and Society in Wales and England 1485-1603

Unit 2 – Germany: Democracy to Dictatorship 1918-1945

Unit 3 – The American Century 1890-1990

Unit 4 - Germany: Democracy to Dictatorship 1918-1945

Unit 5 – Historical Investigation

Possible Careers:

It is an appealing qualification for numerous employers such as law, journalism, archive and museum work, librarianship, civil service, education, police, armed forces, management, marketing and selling.

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