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History allows learners to make sense of the world in which they live by helping them to develop an identity and an affinity with others. Through learning about the lives of those who came before them, learners also develop an empathetic understanding of the actions and views of others and gain the ability to think for themselves.
At Upper Batley High School we seek to develop the core skills of analytical thought and communication that are not only central to the study of History, but also essential in the wider world.
We firmly believe that History should be the most engaging and enjoyable subject on the school curriculum. We seek to inspire the learners with ……
…… “If you don't know history, then you don't know anything. You are a leaf that doesn't know it is part of a tree.” Michael Crichton, author (1942–2008).

Outline of Course Content

At GCSE learners follow the EDEXCEL Schools History Project. This looks at a ‘big picture overview’ of history looking at the ‘Development of Medicine through Time’, as well as a more focused depth studies of modern and Tudor History. Learners are tested at the end of year 11 with three examinations. 

Course Breakdown

  •  Medicine Through Time with case study on medicine during the First World War
  •  Henry VIII and his ministers and Conflict in the Middle East, 1945-1995
  •  Civil Rights in the USA and involvement in the Vietnam War 

Extracurricular and Enrichment Opportunities

Throughout the GCSE course the History department offers a number of educational visits to supplement the course. Learners in the past have been offered the opportunity to visit Leeds Thackray Medical Museum. 
We also offer extra revision sessions after school where learners can work to further their understanding of the subject.