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History

Course Summary:

As a History student, you’ll discover how the past has shaped today’s world and gain a deep knowledge of society, culture, economics and politics. You will learn how to work with historical sources and construct persuasive, evidence based arguments in both debate and written work. Studying History, you’ll become a creative, independent thinker and learn to ask important questions of the world around you. You’ll appreciate that people in the past were not just ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways – just like us. Specialist tutors will guide you through four fascinating, thematically linked topics: Revolutionary Russia, 17th Century Britain, the struggle for Civil Rights in America and the Nazi dictatorship. You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your learning on popular trips, including a visit to Berlin and Krakow.

Higher Education Destinations:

  • The University of Cambridge – History
  • The University of Oxford – History
  • The University of Durham – History
  • The University of Manchester – Law
  • The University of Sheffield – History and Politics
  • The University of Leeds – History and Spanish

Career destinations:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Journalism
  • Voluntary Sector
  • Business
  • Civil Service
  • Local Government

Entry Requirements:

History leads particularly well into HE courses and careers in Journalism, Law, Museums, Education, Archaeology, Civil Service, Politics and Academia. History will also help you develop important skills including being able to critically evaluate information, research, organisational and communication skills. These skills are highly valued by Russell Group universities, in particular, and will facilitate your application to any course.

Assessment Method:

AS Level 100% exam
A Level 80% exam 20% coursework

Student Case Studies:

Oliver Jackson

Oliver Jackson

“I enjoyed History at high school and when I came to the College Information Morning I saw that the teachers were really passionate about the subject and the topics studied would interest me. You get the chance to become involved in class – it’s much more than a teacher talking to you about a subject; you could ask a question that starts a debate in class. The collaborative nature of the course serves to advance both spoken and written learning. Teachers are always there to help, facilities are always available for private study and if you want to borrow a book or sit in a lesson you are always welcome.”

Amy Jackson

Amy Jackson

“I like this subject because it offers a wide variety of topics such as biology, communication and personal and professional development. So it really prepares you for the big wide world! It is a friendly environment here and appropriate for all types of study. When I leave College I plan to go on to university to study Nursing and then proceed to a course in midwifery.”