History makes a significant contribution to the curriculum at Blue Coat in each key stage. It plays a vital role in enhancing the wider educational needs of our students; developing knowledge, understanding, skills and attitudes.

History at Blue Coat targets the five aspects of History:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • Historical enquiry
  • Historical interpretation
  • Organisation and communication



There are three specialist bright, air conditioned classrooms in Bardsley for History teaching, we also have one specialist Sociology classroom in Post 16. There is an attractively displayed foyer, incorporating students’ work and artefact cabinet. The department is well resourced, with the most recently published electronic and hard copy textbooks for all Key Stages

Curriculum (History)

Key Stage 3

Year 7 – The Romans, Britain 1066-1500, Crusades and the Tudors

Year 8 – British Empire and Twentieth Century World

Key Stage 4

Year 9-11 – Full course GCSE History (EDXECEL)

Weimar and Nazi Germany                                          1918-1939

Superpower Relations and the Cold War                   1941-1991

Early Elizabethan England                                            1558-1588

Crime and Punishment through time                            c1000-present

Key Stage 5

A-Level  – AQA

The Wars of the Roses 1450-1499

Tsarist and Communist Russia 1855-1964

Historical Enquiry on the Tudors 1485-1603

Outside the Classroom Activities

Year 9 – Visit to Ypres and the First World War battlefields

Year 10 – 7 day residential visit: Berlin, Krakow and Auschwitz

Year 11 – London visit: Imperial War Museum, Houses of Parliament

Year 11, 12, 13 – A variety of conferences, visiting speakers, Warwick University link