As a department we aim to:

  • Inspire students to become passionate about the study of History.
  • Enable students to understand the importance and relevance of learning about the past. Students develop a wider understanding about the world in which they live. They see the diversity of human experience, and understand more about themselves as individuals and members of society. What they learn can influence their decisions about personal choices, attitudes and values.
  • Encourage students to be active learners rather than passive recipients. Teaching them skills that not only help to improve their learning and performance in history but also in their life and work.
  • Engage students through using varied learning activities, imaginative resources and an interesting end product.


The department strongly advocates the need to bring History alive by taking students on a number of educational visits. These include a tour of medieval Exeter for Year 7 and a visit from Torrington 1646 for Year 8.

In KS4 History students visit London to support the teaching of the crime and punishment module.

Curriculum and Qualifications

At KS3 the department follows the National Curriculum's programme of study.  

Summary of topics taught in KS3.

At KS4 the department follows the History Project, Syllabus B.  The Specification can be found here.

If you require further information about the History curriculum at KS3 or KS4 please contact Ms Jacobs, Head of Department, at Jacobs@uffculmeschool.net.