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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School


Head of Department: Adam Warrington (

Key Stage 3

Throughout Year 7, 8 and 9 students will be equipped with the relevant skills, knowledge and understanding to support them in their transition to Key Stage 4 and Key Stage 5. The curriculum, takes students on a chronological journey of history, exploring some of the most exciting events and individuals from both British and Wider World Studies, ranging from Pre-Historic England to the present day.

Students will explicitly focus on the following key skills during Key Stage 3:

  • Cause and consequence
  • Significance
  • Interpretation
  • Change and continuity
  • Source evaluation

Key Stage 4 

At GCSE (examined through AQA) students will study four units, which will be assessed in two exams, each worth 50%.

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world

Paper 2: Shaping the nation

Section A: Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship

This period study focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. It was a period of democracy and dictatorship – the development and collapse of democracy and the rise and fall of Nazism.

Section B: Conflict and tension between East and West, 1945–1972

This wider world depth study enables students to understand the complex and diverse interests of different states and individuals and the ideologies they represented. It considers the role of nationalist movements in causing and sustaining conflict.

Section A: Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day.

This thematic study will enable students to gain an understanding of how medicine and public health developed in Britain over a long period of time. It considers the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short and long term developments.

Section B: Elizabethan England, c1568–1603

This option allows students to study in depth a specified period, the last 35 years of Elizabeth I's reign. The study will focus on major events of Elizabeth I’s reign considered from economic, religious, political, social and cultural standpoints, and arising contemporary and historical controversies.

How it's assessed:Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes How it's assessed:Written exam: 1 hour 45 minutes