Robertsbridge Community College


History is continuously changing the world around us and historic events have helped to shape our society. It is the philosophy of our department to ensure that students enjoy History and we use a variety of teaching methods and resources to bring History to life in our classrooms.

GCSE History is a great basis for many A level subjects and it is highly regarded by colleges, universities and employers. Students who have studied history often study A Level qualifications in subjects such as English, politics, economics and sociology. Many people working in law and accountancy have studied history because of the skills that can be developed in reasoning and arguing your point. There are also many areas more directly related to history, such as travel and tourism, museums and libraries, the media industry, government research and, of course, history teaching.

Our staff are passionate about History and always aim to sure the curriculum reflects the exciting nature of our subject, with engaging lessons and extra- curricular opportunities.

Year 7 Course Content

  • Term 1: Battle of Hastings
  • Term 2: The Norman Conquest
  • Term 3: Medieval Life
  • Term 4: Early Tudors
  • Term 5: Elizabeth I
  • Term 6: Stuarts

Year 8 Course Content

  • Term 1: Empire and Slavery
  • Term 2: World War One
  • Term 3: Hitler’s Rise to power
  • Term 4: World War Two
  • Term 5: Holocaust
  • Term 6: Cold War

GCSE Course Content

Here at Robertsbridge, students follow the Edexcel GCSE Specification. This GCSE is split into three papers. The specification can be found here at the following link:

Edexcel GCSE History Specification

Paper 1: Medicine in Britain c.1250-present

  • c1250–c1500: Medicine in medieval England
  • c1500–c1700: The Medical Renaissance in England
  • c1700–c1900: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain
  • c1900–present: Medicine in modern Britain
  • The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches

Paper 2: Early Elizabethan England, 1558–88

  • Key topic 1: Queen, government and religion, 1558–69
  • Key topic 2: Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569–88
  • Key topic 3: Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration, 1558–88

Paper 2: Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91

  • Key topic 1: The origins of the Cold War, 1941–58
  • Key topic 2: Cold War crises, 1958–70
  • Key topic 3: The end of the Cold War, 1970–91

Paper 3: Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

  • Key topic 1: The Weimar Republic 1918–29
  • Key topic 2: Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33
  • Key topic 3: Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39
  • Key topic 4: Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39

Useful Links

Students should make use of these links to help them with any homework and revision for History. 

KS3 History Bitesize

GCSE History Bitesize

PiXL History App (GCSE students can download the PiXL App and log in)Seneca Learning