History

The history department consists of three full-time teachers of history at KS3, GCSE and A’ level. We also teach A’ level psychology, Year 7-8 social studies, and Year 12 High School Diploma. We are a collaborative, creative and engaged team of teachers, committed to a humanities curriculum for every student in the school; helping to insure that all leavers have a well-informed and critical intelligence with which to participate constructively in the future of Dubai and the UAE.

In Years 7 and 8, history and geography are integrated into social studies, which is taught by history and geography staff, 2-2.6 hours per week. The course delivers UK national curriculum skills and concepts through local content, and is written and developed within the department. The content progressively widens from Dubai at the start of Year 7, through the UAE, to the Arab World by the end of Year 8, consistent with UAE specifications for social studies.

In Year 9, history is for the first time offered as a separate subject, 1.6 hours per week. National curriculum skills and concepts are taught through regionally-based content. As with social studies, the course is written and developed within the department. In the first semester the course spans the early rise of the Islamic empires, the Mongol invasions and the Ottoman Empire to 1919. In the second semester it expands to twentieth century world history and to more advanced problems of historical evidence, such as the assassination of President Kennedy.

At Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11) we offer AQA Modern World History (Specification B).

The department contributes significantly to the school’s High School Diploma programme for the large proportion of Year 12 students who seek UAE graduation separate from UK or US qualifications. We offer both core and elective courses in politics, psychology, tourism & leisure, and project management. These have been fully subscribed every year.

At Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) we offer Edexcel Modern World History (AS and A2) and Edexcel psychology (AS and A2). These are popular and well-subscribed courses.