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Cedars Upper School

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Team Leader: Mr B. Cadigan
Team Leader e-mail address: BCadigan@cedarsupper.org.uk


The History department is staffed by 3 specialist teachers and teaches the full range and ability of students from Year 9 -13. On occasion, experienced teachers with history as a second subject deliver the year 9 curriculum. The department offers the following courses:  

  • Year 9 History: Historical themes from the nineteenth and twentieth-century,
  • GCSE History (Edexcel exam board)
  • AS level History (AQA exam board)
  • A Level History (AQA/OCR exam board)


Each year we teach the majority of each cohort at GCSE and approximately 20-30 students choose to study history at A-level, many of whom progress onto university to study the subject. The skills and qualifications achieved whilst studying history (such as assimilating information, analysing source material and developing lines of argument and reasoning) are key to their application and success, and also assist students gaining full-time employment in a wide variety of careers and industries. Indeed, historical skills are easily transferable and employers highly value the ability to evaluate and synthesise information amongst other key skills.


We offer a range of trips and enrichment activities to support the history curriculum each year:

  • Visits to museums to support student learning, with a focus on the First World War centenary in 2016-17.
  • A trip to the WW1 battlefields, supporting the new Edexcel GCSE Medicine course.
  • An A-level Democracy to Dictatorship study day at the University Of Warwick, working with lecturers to study Germany in the twentieth-century.
  • Whole-school Remembrance activities each November.
  • A weekly History support session every Thursday after-school.


Recent successes:

*Excellent social history results, with students from both the World and Social history courses continuing to study the subject at A-level.

* Students continuing to study the subject beyond post-16 level at a range of universities including Oxbridge.

* A growing cohort of year 10 students studying the subject in-line with the government focus on EBacc subjects.


Course details:

Recommended textbooks are as follows:

Outgoing year 13 course:

Access to History: The Unification of Germany and the Challenge of German Nationalism 1789-1919 (Fourth Edition, published 2015), Alan Farmer and Andrina Stiles.

ISBN: 978-1471839030


New As/A-level course:

Access to History: Britain 1951-2007 Second Edition Paperback (June 2015), Michael Lynch.

ISBN-13: 978-1471839092


AQA A-level History: Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855-1964, (Hodder Education), Chris Corin and Terry Fiehn.

ISBN-: 978-1-4718-3780-7


Course overview for academic year 2016-17:



GCSE History

Last exams 2017 (AQA Modern World and Edexcel Social history)

New specification from September 2016 (Edexcel)

AS History

New specification from September 2016 (AQA)

A level History

Last exams 2017 (OCR A-level)

New specification to follow September 2017 (AQA)