History is a dynamic subject; knowing how people lived in the past helps us to make sense of our ever-changing world, and so leads us to a deeper understanding of the social, political and economic issues we are confronted with today. In fact, History is everything – it is both a science and an art, combining the careful analysis of evidence with compelling storytelling.

Studying history produces high-quality thinkers; students of History are analytical, articulate and adept at reaching and testing conclusions based on partial evidence – skills which make them readily employable in a wide range of professional fields. The skills and knowledge you will develop complement a range of other subjects.

It is a challenging and rigorous A Level that is respected by employers and universities. History is a broad subject that allows you to develop your analysis of historical sources and essay writing skills with greater depth and precision. History provides you with high level skills necessary for success and empowers students to pursue a diverse array of careers such as Journalism, Government and Politics, Archaeology, Civil Service, Administration, Law, Media, Education, Heritage Management and Conservation Work.

The course combines a study of the impact of communist ideology in the 20th century with conflict in England during the 15th century. These seemingly unrelated topics in fact draw upon common themes of power and influence, intrigue and leadership, who should govern and how.

  • From Lenin to Yeltsin: the USSR, 1917-91
  • Mao’s China, 1949-76
  • Lancastrians, Yorkists and the Wars of the Roses, 1399-1509
  • Coursework choice

In addition to the Sixth Form entry criteria, students wishing to study this subject are required to have a minimum grade 6 in History and a grade 5 at English Language or English Literature at GCSE (or equivalent).

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