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Why study History?

‘History teaches everything, including the future’

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History is a respected, academic subject which is highly regarded by universities and employers and ties in well with a range of other subjects. It teaches you how to debate and develop powerful and convincing arguments using the evidence available. Studying History at A-Level will not only develop your literacy skills, but will also give you powerful cultural and political insights into the world you live in which few other subjects can offer. The A-Level History course enables you to study British, European and World History from the early modern period to the present day. You will enhance your ability to evaluate sources of information and develop your own interpretations of areas of historical controversy. History students should enjoy discussion, reading, critically analysing sources and the demands of academic work. The study of History at A-Level will help you form your own judgement as to whether Hegel was right to say ‘We learn from history that we never learn anything from history’.

Course content/Outline:

AS Units

  • Unit 1: Breadth study with interpretations: Britain transformed, 1918–97.
  • Unit 2: Depth study:The USA, c1920–55: boom, bust and recovery.

A2 Units

  • Unit 3: Themes in breadth with aspects in depth: ‘Britain: losing and gaining  an empire, c. 1763–1914’.
  •  Unit 4: Coursework.

What career opportunities are there?

History is one of the most versatile academic disciplines. Successful students can go on to work in professions such as Law, Management, The Arts, Media, Journalism, the Civil Service, Education and Politics.  Many graduates go on to enjoy successful careers in the commercial world and more British Prime Ministers have studied History than any other subject.

Syllabus: History
Examination Board: Edexcel
More information: Mr P Diaz