At Park Academy West London (PAWL), our vision is to deliver a modern, purposeful and thought-provoking education for all of our students. We aim to ensure that all learners make excellent progress in History, through experiencing first-rate teaching which engages and motivates them to work hard, achieve and succeed.
Our curriculum encompasses a wide range of well-designed activities; it will offer relevance, coherence and breadth. It is designed to develop students into ethical, informed and responsible citizens who have a true understanding of the world around them, shaping them into well-rounded individuals who are ready for life after Park. We deliver a range of topics that encourage students to become active members of the local and global curriculum, who have a good understanding of how the past has influenced their current living experiences – war, democracy, freedom of speech, gender equality and more.
At Key Stage 3, the course content is chosen to encourage students to question and discuss the world around them. Alongside this, the curriculum fosters students to become independent learners through project work, presentations and role plays. Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to build on their previous knowledge and develop their confidence so that they are prepared for an in-depth Key Stage 4 curriculum. Students complete six assignments over the course of the academic year, each focusing on meeting a success criteria. Students are familiarised with the AQA mark scheme from the very start to ensure understanding of the expectations and how to meet GCSE requirements.
Key Stage 4
As our students make the progression from Key Stage 3 to Key Stage 4, they are able to build on the skills they have learnt, while acquiring a rich and exciting understanding of the wider world.
The consistent application of AQA specification within History allow for the development of transferable written and verbal skills, understanding of different time periods, continuity, as well as a chance to explore subject specific areas including source analysis. Furthermore, students are given class time and encouraged to analyse their own exam papers in more detail than done in KS3 using mark schemes.
AQA GCSE History
- Paper One: 50% – Externally assessed examination (2 hours)
- Section A: Period studies AB Germany, 1890–1945: Democracy and dictatorship
- Section B: Wider world depth studies, BB Conflict and tension: The inter-war years, 1918–1939
- Paper Two: 50% – Externally assessed examination (2 hours)
- Section A: Thematic studies, AA Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day
- Section B: British depth studies including the historic environment, BC Elizabethan England
Key Stage 5
- Paper One: 30% – Externally assessed examination (2 hours 15 minutes)
- Breadth study with interpretations, Britain transformed, 1918–97
- Paper Two: 20% – Externally assessed examination (1 hour 30 minutes)
- Depth study, The USA, c1920-1955; Boom, bust and recovery
- Paper Three: 30% – Externally assessed examination (2 hours 15 minutes)
- Themes in breadth with aspects of depth: Option 33: The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, c1580-c1750
- Coursework: 20% of overall grade
- Students conduct an independently-researched enquiry requiring them to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations and to organise and communicate the findings
History forms part of the Humanities Department. For more information, please contact humanities@park-aspirations.