Why study history?

History enables you to develop an understanding of the past and provides you with an overview of change and continuity of human history. A range of units allow you to explore key areas of political and social history in Britain, Europe and the wider world.

You will also develop your skills of communication,analysis, interpretation and evaluation. You can expect to be challenged intellectually, take an active role in the consideration of issues, become more sophisticated in your thinking and expression, and will enjoy learning the subject using a range of approaches.

What will I learn about?

The Tudors – England, 1485-1603
You will study issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence by considering how effectively the Tudors restored and developed the powers of the monarchy, including relations with foreign powers and how English society and economy changed.

Germany, 1918-1945
You will study a period during which a newly developed democratic government gave way to a dictatorial Nazi regime. It explores political concepts such as ‘right’ and ‘left’, nationalism and liberalism, as well as ideological concepts such as racialism, anti-Semitism and Social Darwinism.

The Middle East, 1895-2000
You will develop an understanding of the nature and purpose of history as a discipline and how historians work. You will investigate why Arab nationalism emerged and how the Great Powers responded. This unit also covers the causes of conflict in Palestine and why they are so difficult to resolve.

How will I be assessed?

• Examinations
• Coursework
• Practical work

Future pathways and careers

• Medicine
• Zoology
• Live sciences
• Veterinary science
• Biochemistry

Course level

A Level and AS

Entry requirements

GCSE at grade 5 in history.

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