Ysgol Gyfun Gymunedol Penweddig




Welcome to the History Department

Head of the Department of History: Huw Roderick

Key Stage 3

At Penweddig the History Department strives to present history in an interesting, lively and significant way, which will create responsible and informed citizens and prepare them for life in the 21st century. Our aim is to encourage inquisitive and open minds, and develop those skills to solve relevant problems that will improve their opportunities for meaningful employment after they leave full-time education. Our intention is also to allow them to enjoy studying the subject.

They will learn this by studying and inquiring about the major political, economic, social and cultural features across different periods in the history of Wales and Britain. Here are some of the topics that we will learn about.


Year 7 - 1066 to 1500

• What is History? : A study of the discovery of Charlie’s skeleton at Aberystwyth castle in 1988.

• How can we find out more about life in the Middle Ages? : A study of Mapa Mundi.

• Why was 1066 an important year in England’s history? : Background and History of the Battle of Hastings

• Age of the Princes: The history of Llywelyn the Great and Llewelyn ap Gruffydd.

• Study of the Black Death

• Local Study of Aberystwyth Castle.


Year 8 - 1500 to 1760

• History of Martin Luther: What was the Reformation?

• Henry VIII and his children Edward VI and Bloody Mary.

• The Acts of Union : Why were England and Wales unified in 1536?

• Life of the Common People between 1500 and 1760: Crime and Punishment, Witches and Science, Twm Siôn Cati   etc.

• Famous explorers such as Neil Armstrong, Christopher Columbus and Captain Scott of the Antarctic.

• Study of Slavery (during the Summer Term.)


Year 9 - 1760 until the Twentieth Century

• Why was the Coal Industry important in Wales between 1760 and 1914?

• Who was Jack the Ripper?

• Study of the First World War, including how it affected the people of Aberystwyth.

• Study of the major events of the Twentieth Century including ‘Who Killed JFK?', Hiroshima or the Holocaust and     the Sinking of the Titanic.

• Historical inquiry on either Hiroshima or the Holocaust.


Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11


Route A

Module Outline

• Development of the USA 1929-2000 (25%)

   USA Society

   Civil rights


In-depth modules

• Germany in transition, 1929-47 (25%)

   Nazis coming to power by 1934

   Life in Nazi Germany 1933-39

   Germany during the Second World War


Changes in South Africa, 1948-1994 (25%)

  Creation of a state of apartheid and its main features

  Resistance and oppression: apartheid opposition and its main features

  End of apartheid


Controlled assessment (25%)

• Task A - Evacuation during the Second World War

• Task B - Dunkirk - success or failure?


Key Stage 5

AS Year 12 (20%)

Unit 1

Politics, People and Progress: England and Wales around 1880-1980, including:

Change in the size of society from 1880 to 1951.

The change in position of political parties from 1880 to 1951.

The impact of the war on society in England and Wales 1914 to 1951.

The significance of the main developments in Wales 1918-1980.

The changing role and status of women 1880 to 1980.


Unit 2

Germany: Democracy and Dictatorship, about 1918-1945.

Part 1: Weimar and its challenges including -

The challenges that faced the Weimar Republic 1918 to 1923.

The amount of change in foreign and economic policies 1924-1929.

The changing course of the Nazi Party 1924 to 1933.

The Weimar Republic crisis 1929-1933.

Historical interpretations of key issues of this era.


A2 Year 13

Unit 3 (20%)

Parliamentary Reform and Protest in England and Wales 1780-1885


Parliamentary Reform 1780-1885 that includes -

Changes in reforming the Parliament from 1780 to 1830.

Causes and consequences of parliament reform 1830-1867.

Significance of reforming parliament 1867 to 1885.


Popular protest 1780-1885 which includes -

Growth of popular protest: 1780-1822.

Causes and consequences of popular protest.

Significance of popular protest in the middle of the Victorian period 1849-1885.


Unit 4 (20%)

Nazi Germany including -

Further developments in the control of Nazi Germany after 1933.

The impact of racial, social and religious policies 1933-1945.

The effectiveness of the economic policies 1933 to 1945.

The change in foreign policy of the Nazis and World War II 1933 to 1945.


Unit 5 (20%)

Coursework unit.

Pupils will have the opportunity to independently investigate an important historical interpretation and produce an essay of 4,000 words on a topic to be discussed with the teacher at the beginning of year 13.


 Government and Politics.

A Government and Politics A-Level course is also provided within the department. The course is contemporary and constantly changing. The year 12 AS course consists of two units on 'People and Politics in the United Kingdom’, and ‘Government of England and Wales'. The year 13 A2 course focuses on America with pupils studying two units on 'Politics of the USA' and 'Government of the USA '.

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