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The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School

The Cardinal Wiseman Catholic School


As historians first and foremost, all of the History teachers want to share their passion and enthusiasm for the subject with every student they teach. History is a vital and necessary part of every student's education at Cardinal Wiseman School.

We aim to teach creative and inspirational lessons that allow for subject knowledge development and enrichment. Students develop the historical skills of enquiry, research and historiography and are given every opportunity to pursue the subject up to A Level. We believe understanding History is vital if Cardinal Wiseman students are to understand the country and world they live in. The skills we teach are transferable across subjects, further study at university or college and can be used in the work place. Finally, we hope that every one of our students experiences positive learning in the classroom and develops a lifelong interest in the subject. 

"History is written by the winners".

Napoleon Bonaparte

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Year 7

  • Year 7

  • Invasion and settlement.
  • The Middle Ages.
  • The Tudors.

Year 8

  • Stuart England.
  • The British Empire
  • The colonisation of America
  • Black American History from the slave trade to the civil rights movement
  • The Industrial Revolution

Year 9

  • The First World War.
  • Life in Nazi Germany.
  • The Second World War.
  • The Holocaust
  • The post-war world. 


Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Exam board:  AQA

Content description:

Paper 1: Understanding the modern world. 

A period study:  America 1920 – 1973, Opportunity and inequality. 

Wider world depth study:  Conflict and tension between East and West, The Cold War 1945 – 1972

Paper 2: Shaping the nation.

A thematic study examining change and continuity across a long sweep of history covering the Medieval, Early Modern and Modern eras.

Thematic study. Britain: Power and the people c.1170 – present day

British depth study:  Restoration England, 1660 – 1685.

KS5 (Years 12 and 13)

Exam board:  AQA

Content description:

Unit 1    The Tudors: England, 1485-1603.              

Unit 2    Germany, Democracy and Nazism, 1918-1945.   

Unit 3    The Age of the Crusades.             

  • The Cold War - what were the reasons for it, Cuba, and the American involvement in Vietnam.
  • Depth study of Germany 1918-1945 - Weimar Germany and Nazi Germany.
  • British Depth Study 1906-1918 - social reforms in Britain, suffragettes and the vote, women and their contribution to World War One.
  • Controlled Assessment - the black civil rights movement in America in the 1950's and 1960's.

Success and Achievements:

The History department has a long standing record of success in GCSE and A Level exams. We are very proud of our many past pupils who have gone on to study History at prestigious universities including Oxford and Cambridge. We have a reputation for outstanding teaching and high academic expectations of all of our students and actively encourage them to push themselves forward in achieving their goals.

We have a long standing Year 9 trip to the battlefields and cemeteries of the First World War in France and Belgium every year. Other trips that we run are carefully set up to reflect current topics and allow for enrichment in subject knowledge.

The History department are all highly educated and trained subject specialists, who have attended various world ranking universities. Finally, our uptake at GCSE and A Level is high and we attribute this to the passion and enthusiasm that we display in everyday teaching.