The Senior School's History department is led by educators who are passionate about their subject and our goal is to instil a passion for history in our students. We believe that studying history is vital to the development of young people's minds and personalities. History is also essential in equipping students with essential life skills such as assessing, analysing, evaluating, empathising, and communicating, and it is our goal to ensure that our lessons provide our students with these opportunities. We believe that students should have a firm knowledge of the past, as well as an understanding of how historical events have influenced the world we live in today.
KS3 (Years 7 to 9)
Students will develop curiosity about our past and learn to enjoy and value History, through an understanding of the key features and characteristics of historical periods. Students will start developing the necessary skills, such as to analyse, interpret and evaluate historical sources, in preparation for the IGCSE.
KS3 students’ engagement with History encourages the development and growth of their analytical, causal and critical thinking, as students start identifying turning points in history, consequences of specific events, as well as changes and continuities in societies over time. This historical knowledge can prove itself essential in students’ application of ethics, as they begin to develop a more complete understanding of how the past shapes the present and identify issues of right and wrong in the world. Moreover, students will be able to enhance their debating skills by engaging in class discussions.
Included in the KS3 History activities are field trips to the Cyprus Museum in Nicosia and the Archaeological Museum of Kourion. These visits aim at learning how to investigate the history of Cyprus through artefacts, as well as to become motivated in learning how people lived in ancient times. The visits are accompanied by supplementary lessons with cross-curricular links that focus on collaboration through group work, as well as on developing communication and presentation skills. Additionally, students are able to lead school assemblies by presenting their own individual research on matters of historical importance, such as Remembrance Day and Cyprus’ involvement in the First World War.
KS4 (Years 10 and 11): IGCSE
History is a popular choice at IGCSE and students study the Edexcel IGCSE course (4HI1)
What will I learn?
Students will gain knowledge and understanding of the key features and characteristics of historical periods chosen. They will develop skills to analyse and evaluate historical interpretations in the context of historical events studied. Students will develop skills to explain, analyse and make judgements about historical events and periods studied, using second-order historical concepts. We study 20th Century History, focusing on superpowers and conflict.
Students will be able to use historical sources critically, organise and communicate their knowledge and understanding of history and draw conclusions and make historical judgments. Students will have the opportunity to study the following topics:
- Russia and the Soviet Union, 1905–24
- Dictatorship and Conflict in the USSR, 1924–53
- A world divided: Superpower relations, 1943–72
- The changing role of international organisations: The League and the UN, 1919–c2011
The course is assessed through two written papers, each 1h 30 minutes long.
What sort of homework will I be set?
Students will be asked to complete independent research, source analysis questions, evaluative answers and essays.
Sixth Form: International A level
EDEXCEL History International AS and A level XHI01/YHI01
Students will develop their interest in and enthusiasm for history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. They will acquire an understanding of different identities within society and an appreciation of aspects such as social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity, as appropriate. Students will build on their understanding of the past through experiencing a broad and balanced course of study.
History in the Sixth form will enable students to improve as effective and independent learners, and as critical and reflective thinkers with curious and enquiring minds. They will develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them. Students will acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study, for example that history is concerned with judgements based on available evidence and that historical judgements are provisional.
Selecting this subject will enable students to develop their use and understanding of historical terms, concepts and skills, to make links and draw comparisons within and/or across different periods and aspects of the past. It will also allow them to organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways, arguing a case and reaching substantiated judgements.
What will I learn?
During Year 12 students learn about events in Germany between 1918 and 1945 and in India between 1857 – 1948.
During Year 13 students study civil rights and race relations in America between 1865 and 2009 and Superpower relations between 1943 and 1990.
How is the course assessed?
At the end of Year 12 students sit two written papers, each of 2 hours for the IAS qualification. At the end of Year 13 students sit a further 2 written papers, each of 2 hours, for the IAL qualification.
What are the GCSE requirements for the course?
A strong grade in IGCSE History is preferable
Future Career Choices
This course prepares you for careers such as Art Historian, Museum Curator, Teacher, Education, Law, Diplomatic Core, European Studies, Journalism, Civil Service, Local Government & Administration, and many more.