The aim of the History Department is to nurture interest and curiosity in the events of the past; not only might this lead to academic study, but we hope it will develop into a life-long leisure interest
History at St Joseph's College is a lively, exciting subject, taught wherever possible through the use of original artefacts. The walls of the history room contain interesting objects, all of which are explained or demonstrated during the lessons. Historical skills, which are necessary for analysis of source material, are taught or practised through the handling and questioning of authentic artefacts.
In the main corridor is a large glass cabinet where themed historical items are displayed. The contents are changed every term so there is constant stimulation and awareness of our place in the progression of history.
Years 7 to 9 study history chronologically starting with the Norman Conquest, life in Medieval England, the 15th century Renaissance and the complexities of Tudor and Stuart England. Year 9 study the events of the 20th century including the Great War, Depression in America, the Russian Revolution, the Second World War and the Cold War.
The GCSE AQA syllabus covers the period 1914-1975 and consists of Modern World History. The emphasis is on the causes and resolutions of international conflicts and how people were affected by them.
The A level OCR syllabus covers the period 1450-1603 and consists of English and European components.
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