The KS3 History curriculum takes students on a chronological journey from the earliest migration to Britain through to the global twentieth century fight for rights. Students learn about the range of cultures that have influenced our country and its population over time. In addition, through our “meanwhile, elsewhere” topics, students broaden their historical knowledge by learning about historical events that have shaped other nations and cultures. These include the Mughal Empire, the life of Mansa Musa and the life and influence of Zheng Yi Sao in China. In addition to broadening and deepening their knowledge, students will also develop their ability to ‘think like a historian’, through skills-based lessons. GCSE History students will follow the Edexcel syllabus.



Students at LCA explore a wide-ranging scope of history, from the Malian Empire to the Golden Age of the 1920s and beyond. They explore the key factors that led to some of the world's greatest events and build up a bigger understanding of how the past has influenced the world we live in today. Historical skills, such as source analysis and building a substantial argument, are core to the curriculum to ensure our young historians can build their own interpretations of the past; while being able to confidently challenge the narrative that is often presented.

In Year 11, students will sit three examinations on the following topics: The American West (c.1835-1862), Early Elizabethan England (1558-1588), Crime and Punishment Through Time (c.1000 to the present day) and Weimar and Nazi Germany (1919-1939). GCSE History builds upon the knowledge and content studied in KS3 and gives our historians to demonstrate their ability through a range of source, interpretation, and knowledge-based essays.

Course Delivered

  • Edexcel 

Term by Term Schemes of Work


Year 7 Units
  • What is History?
  • Who migrated to Britain before 1066?

  • To what extent was William a tyrant?

  • Who had the most power in medieval England?

  • Meanwhile, Elsewhere: What did we learn from the Islamic Golden Age?

  • Was the Black Death the ‘most significant moment of the Middle Ages’?

  • Meanwhile, Elsewhere: What was life like for Mansa Musa, the richest man in history?

  • Do the Tudors deserve to be Britain’s most famous family?

  • How was the ‘world turn upside down’ by the English Civil War?

  • Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Who were the Mughals?

Year 8 Units
  • What was the impact of the British Empire?

  • How did people resist enslavement?

  • How revolutionary was the French Revolution?

  • Meanwhile, Elsewhere: How revolutionary was the Haitian Revolution?

  • What was the Industrial Revolution?

  • Meanwhile, Elsewhere: Who was Zheng Yi Sao?

  • Why did women have to fight for the right to vote?

Year 9 Units
  • Was World War One inevitable?

  • What was Leeds’ involvement in the Great War?

  • Meanwhile, Elsewhere: How revolutionary was the Russian Revolution?

  • How did Germany try to heal from World War One?

  • Why was the 1920s seen as a Golden Age?

  • Why did Hitler rise to power in 1933?

  • What was it like living in Nazi Germany?

  • The Holocaust

  • How revolutionary were the Swinging Sixties? Civil Rights, Stonewall and Feminism

Year 10 Units
  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-1588

  • Changes to Crime and Punishment, c.1000 to the Present Day

Year 11 Units
  • The American West, c.1835-c.1895

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939


For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Carys Woods (Subject Leader for History)