History is the subject for enquiring minds, to learn about who you are based on the people who have gone before you.

History at UCL Academy is a seven-year journey through the history of the world and our place in it, from 1066 to the present day. 

History is the study of the world around us from the perspective of those who have gone before. As historians, we are curious and always ask questions of what is happening around us and why people and societies do the things they do. We ask challenging questions about the past, we examine the traces that people from the past have left behind for us, we look at this evidence and ask; who were these people, why did they make this, what were they thinking and who were they trying to impress? By questioning the past we can learn more about ourselves.


Key Stage 3

You will be learning a wide range of topics and ideas at UCL Academy, looking at events that have happened all over the world, and closer to home. We investigate, through analysing the evidence and traces left behind, what we have learned about events of the past such as: how have different migrant groups contributed to making Britain the culturally rich country it is today, how and why women were protesting to get the vote in the 20th century and how power has changed through the centuries from monarchy to democracy. 

Throughout your study of history here at UCL Academy we hope to give you a rich understanding of global history through investigations of; pre and post colonial Africa, the changes in power in India from the Mughal Empire to the British Raj and how African Americans went from the horrors of the Atlantic Slave Trade to the powerful Civil Rights Movements of the 20th century.

We also look at Modern History, through our studies of; the diverse experience British Empire soldiers from around the world had in the First and Second World Wars, the injustices of the Holocaust during the Second World War and the History of Climate Change.

Key Stage 4

At GCSE you will study 4 topics across three exam papers:

  • Medicine Through Time. This is a breadth study where we look at a long period of history in Britain and do this by focusing on the changes in medicine through, scientific developments, beliefs and ideas, government interventions, economic need and the work of inspiring individuals
  • Early Elizabethans. This is a depth study where we focus on the early reign of the queen who is constantly named as the most influential and popular ruler this country has ever had and how England changed during her rule.
  • Weimar and Nazi Germany. This is a world depth study looking at the events that led up to the Second World War in Germany and how and why people voted for Hitler and the influence he had in leading the country to the Holocaust and Second World War.

Cold War and Superpower Relations. The is a global study investigating the aftermath of the Second World War and the power struggles between the emerging Superpowers in the East and West.

Key Stage 5

At A level, students will complete their historical journey through three topics. They will have two exams on the Stuarts and the Crisis of Monarchy in the Early Modern Period and Democracy and Nazism in the 20th century. They will also undertake an investigative research project on the Civil Rights Movement in the US as an extended writing assignment.


Term Plans


Exam Specifications

GCSE Edexcel (1HI0) – Click here to see the specifications
A Level AQA (7042) – Click here to see the specifications


The British Museum to see the Benin Bronzes to marvel in the wonderful artwork of the Benin culture. Should they be returned or stay here in the British Museum? https://www.britishmuseum.org/ 

The Florence Nightingale Museum or the Old Operating Theatre in preparation for your Medicine Through Time GCSE, learn about nursing and surgery through history. https://www.florence-nightingale.co.uk/  https://oldoperatingtheatre.com/ 

The Museum of London Docklands, to learn about London and the River Thames. Find out more about the British Empire and the British involvement in the Atlantic Slave Trade. https://www.museumoflondon.org.uk/museum-london-docklands

Header photo by Birmingham Museums Trust on Unsplash