Humanities


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Available Courses

AS and A Level


As an ancient history student you will immerse yourself in the evidence which the past has left behind. You will read all about the history of the Greeks and Romans, covering Athens and Sparta in the 5th Century BC and the rule of the Emperor Augustus. Enhance your learning by engaging in lively discussions and debates about how ancient history shapes our present and will continue to impact on our future.
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AS and A Level


This subject will suit you if:

  • You are an ‘all-round’ student who is looking for the ultimate challenge of combining elements of many other academic disciplines such as Science, Geography, History, Art, Technology, Sociology and Religious Studies.
  • You want to explore a subject which has real scope for independent thought and study.
  • You are interested in the landscape and want to explore how past people viewed it, shaped it and used it.
  • You enjoy selecting evidence and building arguments in response to questions which do not always have clear answers. Archaeological knowledge and methods are constantly changing.

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AS and A Level


This subject will suit you if:

  • You enjoy learning about the environment, climate change and other issues that affect our lives, now and in the future.
  • You are interested in the interaction between people and the environment and its resources and the understanding and the management of the world today.

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AS and A Level


This subject will suit you if:

  • You are interested in the evolution of the earth and how life has evolved.
  • You would like to develop essential knowledge and understanding of different areas of Geology and how they relate to one another and have never had the opportunity to do so.
  • You would like to develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for Geology, including developing an interest in further study and careers in Geology.
  • You enjoy practical application of knowledge and would like to develop your observational and problem-solving skills.

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AS and A Level


This subject will suit you if:

  • You enjoyed History, Geography and/or English at school.
  • You like to challenge other peoples’ opinions.
  • You are interested in current affairs locally, nationally and internationally.
  • You want to know and understand more about the system in which we all live.
  • You have good research skills.

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AS and A Level


This subject will suit you if:

  • You enjoyed the study of History at school, even if you didn’t do it at GCSE.
  • You enjoy studying the past, and how and why historical processes develop.
  • You would like to understand and explore how the past has influenced our modern world.
  • You like to question, discuss and debate ideas and situations.

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AS and A Level


This subject will suit you if:

  • You enjoyed History, Religious Studies and/or English at school.
  • You enjoy debates and discussions.
  • You want to be challenged in terms of what you know and think.
  • You like to challenge other peoples’ opinions.

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AS and A Level


This subject will suit you if:

  • You enjoy examining issues from a variety of perspectives.
  • You are willing to explore the views of others as well as examining your own opinions.
  • You enjoy expressing your opinions verbally and in essays.
  • You enjoying working and interacting with others.

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GCSE


This subject will suit you if:

  • learning about other people’s beliefs, the nature of the society you live in and the big issues in life which generate debate.
  • gaining an understanding of what causes prejudice, hatred and violence in our world.
  • having the opportunity to explore religious and moral beliefs in a safe and questioning environment.

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Success Story – Jennifer Broadbent

Jennifer graduated in 2005 and spent some time gaining work experience. She volunteered at Hatworks Museum in Stockport and completed internships at the Wordsworth Trust in Cumbria and the Mount Hood Cultural Centre and Museum in New York.

Jennifer then completed her Masters and went on to work at the Museum of Wigan Life. Since June 2012, she has been the Museum Manager of the Rochdale Pioneers Museum.

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At OSFC:

History, Government and Politics, English Language, Maths

After OSFC:

Pembroke College, University of Oxford – Modern History, then Masters in Museum Studies at University of Leicester.

Why I chose this subject…

OSFC appealed to me more than other local colleges as it offers a wider range of subject choices and has a reputation for achieving good grades.

I feel it offers a very positive environment and you can always get the help you need – there is always someone to talk to about problems about your course, life after college, or even personal issues..Jennifer Broadbent

Additional Activities:

  • History residential trip to Berlin and Krakow
  • Politics trip to London
  • Geography residential trip to the Lake District and local fieldwork trips
  • Geology residential trip to Arran and local fieldwork trips
  • Archaeology and Ancient History trip to the British Museum and local fieldwork trips
  • Religious Studies trip to the British Museum and London

 

Popular Combinations:

These subjects combine well with each other, but you can also choose to study one alongside a variety of A Levels from a range of disciplines.

Popular choices include:

Possible Progression:

These subjects will support your application for a wide range of HE courses and can lead to a huge variety of careers.

Examples include areas such as Journalism, Teaching, Social Work, Surveying, Landscape Architecture, the Civil Service, Law and the Police Service.

 

Results 2016

Topic Pass Rate %
Ancient History 100
Archaeology 100
Geography 100
Government and Politics 100
History 100
Philosophy 89
Religious Studies 97
Sociology 100