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Kassim Darwish Grammar School for Boys

Educating Tomorrow's Leaders


“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.”

History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time. This is at the core of the teaching and learning in History.


Students develop:

  • the ability to recall, select, organise and deploy knowledge of the syllabus content
  • an understanding of change and continuity, cause and consequence, similarity and difference.
  • empathy for the motives, emotions, intentions and beliefs of people in the past.
  • the ability to understand, interpret, evaluate and use a range of sources as evidence.

What is studied at Key Stage 3:

Year 7 – Medieval History-  1066, The Norman Conquest, The Crusades and the Black Death

Year 8 – Early Modern History – The Tudors & Stuarts, Slavery and the Industrial Revolution

Year 9 – 20th Century History – World War I, Communism, Fascism and World War II

History at GCSE focuses on key events and periods from the 20th Century and British history from the Medieval period. The emphasis is on both historical knowledge and on the skills required for historical research. Pupils develop an understanding of the nature of cause and effect, continuity and change, similarity and difference and find out how to use and understand historical evidence as part of their studies. GCSE History will stimulate any pupil already interested in the past, providing a basis for further study, and also encouraging a lifelong interest in the subject.

What is studied at Key Stage 4

Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

Conflict and tension, 1894–1918

Britain: Power and the people: c1170 to the present day

Norman England, c1066–c1100


History develops verbal and written communication skills to a very high level – these skills are highly marketable commodities in today’s job market. History graduates can hope to find employment in many spheres of work, from journalism and human resources, whether in commerce or in industry, to law and advertising, the media or politics. History graduates like Jonathan Ross and Louis Theroux, Dermot Murnaghan, and Michael Palin are famous TV personalities, whilst David Sainsbury (CEO Sainsburys), Anita Roddick (founder of the Body Shop), Anthony Hudson and Charles Smith (former CEOs of ICI) have made their names in industry.

Pupils will study AQA specification.