Year 9 Curriculum

Year 9 have started studying AQA History A for the new GCSE from 2018.

Exam board website: 

Course structure

  • Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World- 1 hour 45 minutes - worth 50%
  • Paper 2: Shaping the Nation- 1 hour 45 minutes - worth 50%
  • 10% for SPAST (Spelling, grammar and use of specialist terms)


Course rationale from exam board

This popular course offers:

  • engaging and relevant content
  • a broad, comparable and coherent student experience.
  • inspiring interest in History
  • An overview of a wide diversity of human experience.

Study of this course will give students of all backgrounds the opportunity to develop:

  • communication skills
  • Written communication
  • technological skills including ICT
  • interpersonal skills through debate and discussion
  • literacy and numeracy skills
  • problem-solving skills
  • awareness of career possibilities


  • Change and continuity
  • Significance
  • Impact
  • Cause and Consequence
  • Source evaluation and analysis
  • Interpretations of the past


Year 9 is the first year of GCSE and it is the first year through for the new AQA GCSE History. It is an exciting opportunity to develop skills through the study of breadth and depth Histories.

We do this through a development study on The People’s Health. This is on paper 2 of their exam in year 11 and give pupils a broad understanding of key concepts over time. Pupils’ arguing, explanation and analysis skills will all be developed and challenged.

‘The People’s Health’

This is the breadth topic on the ‘Shaping the Nation paper’. It looks at how Medicine has developed over time- the key developments and the individual genius’s involved, as well as the factors that have impacted and been significant in driving forward medical progress.

Medicine Stands Still

  • The Ancient Greeks-, the theory of the four humours and the work of the "father of medicine", Hippocrates
  • The Romans-, their public health system and the work of Galen, the famous doctor who was followed for 1500 years. The fall of the Roman Empire.
  • Medicine in the Islamic world- Rhazes and Avicenna
  • Medieval medicine- why things suddenly got worse, Medieval church hospitals and the Black Death

The Beginnings of Change

  • The Renaissance- Vesalius, Pare and Harvey, the advancement of medical knowledge
  • The Plague
  • Quack doctors and treatments.
  • Edward Jenner and the discovery of Vaccination

A revolution in Medicine

  • Louis Pasteur and Germ theory
  • Robert Koch and the development of bacteriology
  • Paul Ehrlich and the first chemical cure for disease
  • Alexander Fleming, Howard Florey, Ernst Chain and the development of Penicillin
  • 19th Century Surgery- the problems of pain, infection and bloodloss
  • James Simpson and the development of anaesthetics
  • Joseph Lister and the development of anti-septics
  • Karl Landsteiner and blood groups
  • Gillies and McIndoe- Plastic surgery
  • 19th century public health and its problems- Chadwick, Snow and the move towards sanitation.
  • The development of the NHS

Modern Medicine

  • New diseases
  • Antibiotic resistance
  • Keyhole surgery
  • Lasers and radiation therapy
  • Costs issues and health care choice in the 21st Century. 

August 2020


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