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History is a fascinating subject that will give you the opportunity to develop your own ideas.

Our course embraces a wide range of human activity and you will have the chance to broaden your interests, examine historical issues, challenge existing orthodoxies and engage with historical debates.

You will learn to analyse sources critically, make comparative judgments and test your opinions; skills that will stand you in good stead in a vast range of careers.

You will develop your essay writing, research, argument and analytical skills and engage in research and presentations as well as creating historical videos and posters.

We aim to run a World War Two trip to France and trips to London.


You will study;

  • Tsarist and Communist Russia, 1855–1964 – Breadth Study
  • British history between 1951 and 2007 – Depth Study
  • British Empire c.1800-1900 – Historical Investigation

This course is assessed by two exams (80%) and coursework (20%).

  • Paper 1 – Russia, 2.5 hours in duration
  • Paper 2 – Britain, 2.5 hours in duration
  • Coursework – 4,000 word essay.

You will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4/C or above
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4/C or above
  • plus three more GCSEs grade 4/C or above

History is a good route into careers in Research, Law, Teaching, Finance and corporate graduate programmes.

Is History about remembering lots of dates?

No, the route to success is applying your knowledge to an essay question not writing out lots of dates.

Will you teach different interpretations of history?

Yes, we look at lots of interpretations of historical events and you will learn that there is no ‘right answer.’