“The more you know about the past, the better prepared you are for the future.” – Theodore Roosevelt
The course is taught in a number of different ways; students are expected to read widely outside of the taught time and discuss their learning. This develops an ability to think critically. Students study the relationship between different aspects of history, such as the political, economic, social and cultural dimensions.
Throughout the first year, students will study the period surrounding the War of the Roses 1445-1509 and Russia 1894-1941. This knowledge will be expanded on in the second year when students will study Tudor Foreign Policy 1485-1603. There is also a personal study that must be completed.
Each individual module will have its own examination at the end of the year. For the full A Level you will have to sit three exams and submit an independent study. This will be carried out in Year 13.
The independent personal study is a 3000-4000 word essay on a topic of your own choosing or interest within History.
Students choosing History will need to have an interest in the past, and in developing a greater understanding. The course allows students to evaluate and interpret how History changes over time.
Many students go on to study History at university. There are a wealth of career opportunities after studying History from media to business and law, to researcher or government intelligence.
This course is available for any student with a keen interest in History. It is recommended that they have strong English skills and preferably have studied History at GCSE.
Head of Department
Miss Wedd & Miss Collings