Why study History?

Everything that humans do has a historical dimension. We cannot escape the influence of History. We live in a present that has been shaped by the past, which means that the future also grows out of the past. Without an awareness of historical forces, both good and bad, it is impossible to make rational decisions about the future. The study of history helps us in many ways. We learn how to select key information and to organise powerful arguments. We also learn how to develop understanding based on evidence; and, even more importantly, we can discover how to change our opinions in the light of new evidence. History is not only a fascinating subject in its own right, but also a vital key to understanding ourselves and the world around us.


What will I study?

AS – units 1 and 2

Unit 1

  • Russia 1917-91 Lenin to Yeltsin

Unit 2

  • The German Democratic Republic 1949-90


A2 Unit 3 & 4

Unit 3

  • Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780-1928

Unit 4

  • Student led self study

How will I study?

We will use a variety of learning methods, including seminars, presentations, and discussions. We will examine a variety of historical evidence, including books, newspapers, diaries, films, and music. You will have the opportunity to undertake individual and group research projects.


What do I need to start the course?

Grade 5 in History.  Students who have not studied History before, must have a grade 6 in English to help bridge the skills gap.

Where could it lead?

A-Level History can be linked to other humanities subjects, such as English, Geography, or Sociology; and it also makes a good combination with Mathematics and sciences such as Chemistry or Biology. History has an excellent reputation both with universities and employers.

This is because History requires students to analyse complex events and provide rational explanations and interpretations. These are skills that are required in a wide variety of employments. Various careers such as the law, journalism, media, education, and the civil service can be developed from a study of History; and there are specific careers that require historical understanding such as working in museums or the heritage industry. History can also open up a career as a professional historian, lecturer, archivist, or researcher.