Contribution to SMSC

History's Contribution to SMSC


History covers a wide range of issues around spiritual beliefs, including factual knowledge of religious traditions and the importance of understanding the beliefs and ideals of others. The history courses also show the importance of spiritual beliefs throughout history. The KS3 course deals with the influence of religion in the Roman Empire and the importance of religious beliefs and the Church in the Middle Ages. Religious conflict is also considered when students study the Crusades. The moral debate about the role of the Church is highlighted when studying Thomas Becket and Henry II.

Students also student changing religious beliefs in the Tudor period and are aware that people were willing to kill and be killed for their faith. They also cover the arguments about religious faith in the English Revolution.

At GCSE students discuss the importance of religious belief in the development of medical care and its positive and negative roles; this involves a study of both Christianity and Islam. Students also explore different spiritual beliefs when studying the lives of the Plains Indians and white settlers in the west.

At A level students explore the religious aspect of the conflict in Ireland and the declining impact of religion in modern British politics.


History is continually asking students to consider moral issues; (was the Roman Empire a good thing?) Students examine the moral arguments around the roles of rulers and the Church, they discuss the implications of wars and political changes and consider the treatment of vulnerable groups throughout history. Students consider government policy and its impact on poverty and Well-being and are expected to reach a judgement on these issues. Students study the moral implications of events such as the Final Solution and are asked to understand and learn from the mistakes that were made.


Linked to the moral issues is an understanding of changing societies which is promoted by history. The history course develops an understanding of different cultures and beliefs and also shows change over time. Issues such as social class and poverty are discussed, as are conflicts between different societies.


History develops the understanding of cultures, examining the culture of a variety of societies from prehistory to the present. The course covers the development of Britain from prehistory and helps students to understand the cultural make up of their country. This is developed by a wider study of the world, including the empire and British influence in Ireland. Political developments such as the change from a ruling monarch to democracy are also covered. The rise of dictatorship and political ideas such as Communism and Fascism are also explored.


The course has a strong emphasis on British History and the development of modern British society. The many different strands of developing Britishness, such as the creation of the UK are covered. The key features of British life, the monarchy, democracy, freedom of speech and the development of welfare are also considered.