What does it involve?
Studying History provides students with skills of analysis which are invaluable in many jobs. A-level History is a stimulating and challenging subject. Students study three units, two of which cover historical periods such as 1865-1975: USA - The Making of a Superpower and 1951-2007: The Making of Modern Britain. Each of the units reflects on the political, economic and social changes within the countries, across the relevant period. Students study the concepts of government and opposition, ideas and ideology, social division and cultural change.
There are many reasons for studying History and the principal aim of the department is to encourage and cultivate curiosity in students, thus enabling them to develop skills of research and enquiry. History draws on a plethora of skills: analysis, evaluation, independent study, management of information, a capacity to express and articulate and the ability to write clearly and concisely.
How is it assessed?
Each of the three units is assessed through a written examination. The third unit consists of an historical investigation comprised of a 3,000-3,500 word study, based on a topic chosen by the student.
Which skills or qualifications do I need?
Students will usually have achieved a Grade 6 in GCSE History. However studying History at GCSE is not compulsory and students wishing to follow this pathway should talk to the Head of Faculty.
University or employment prospects?
Studying history hones skills that are highly sought-after by employers and history graduates can go on to anything and everything. Careers in politics, journalism, PR, marketing, consultancy or business are not unusual, but this list is by no means exhaustive.