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History

History is an engaging and crucial subject. Without the knowledge of where we have been we can’t understand where we are or where we are going. Students benefit from seminar style lessons that are excellent preparation for higher education.

We also have close links with the Institute of Education and the Holocaust Educational Trust. Each year, two history students have the opportunity to apply to become Holocaust Educational Ambassadors which includes seminars, a visit to Auschwitz and a project designed for the lower school.

History has shaped how we live today and each event has a ripple effect across time.
Abigail McBride, Year 13 student

Qualification

A level history

Awarding body OCR

Entry requirements

Grade 5 or above in GCSE maths, English and history.

Year 12

Unit 1: England 1485–1558: the Early Tudors - a substantial and coherent element of British history. Enquiry topic: Mid Tudor Crises 1547–1558 - a source-based study focusing on the reigns of Edward VI and Mary I.

Unit 2: A coherent period of non-British history - the study democracy and dictatorships in Germany 1919–1963.

Year 13

Unit 3: The Middle East 1908–2011: Ottomans to Arab Spring - a thematic study over a period of more than 100 years. Students will develop the ability to treat the whole period thematically and to use their detailed knowledge to evaluate interpretations of the specified key events, individuals or issues.

Unit 4: A 3000–4000 word internally assessed essay.

Assessment

Unit 1: Written exam - 25% of the final mark

Unit 2: Written exam - 15% of the final mark

Unit 3: Written exam - 40% of the final mark

Unit 4: 3000–4000 word essay - 20% of the final mark

History has helped me develop analytical and research skills that will help me in all aspects of my future.
Olivia Southern, Year 12 student

Why study history?

History is one of the Russell Group universities’ facilitating subjects, meaning choosing A level geography allows a wide range of options for degree study. One of the most flexible of qualifications, history provides an excellent pathway to degrees such as history, law, English and philosophy, leading to a range of interesting careers. History is of particular value to those hoping to pursue careers in; teaching, journalism, civil service, law and criminal investigation.

I believe that studying history at A level allows us to challenge our opinions and viewpoints, making us justify our moral and ethical views. Due to the turbulent climate that we find ourselves in, as a young person it is now even more important to challenge the views of our predecessors as well as understand...
Holly Frankland, Year 13 student
A level history helps students to question sources more and in turn improves critical thinking. A level history is a challenge, but the friendly and helpful nature of our dedicated history teachers, makes the subject easier and fun.
Ethan Siou, Year 12 student