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History is a fascinating and vibrant 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 be able 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.

Content of this course is as followed:

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

You will develop their essay writing, research, argument and analytical skills through this course. You will also engage in essay writing, research and presentations as well as creating historical videos and posters.

History is a good route into careers in research, law, teaching, finance and corporate graduate programmes. It is highly valued by universities and is on the Russell Group’s list of ‘facilitating subjects.’

The lessons are really engaging, as the teachers get everyone involved. I enjoy the music played at the start of a lesson, as the teacher chooses a song that is relevant to the topic! Studying British History enables me to see how patterns can emerge over time and enriches my understanding of current events. You also get to study Russian History in depth. Study trips are useful and another way to broaden your knowledge, especially if your subjects overlap.
Alex Ball, History student


Level 3 standard entry requirements: 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Mathematics and English Language or Literature.

Can I study history if I haven’t done GCSE History?


Are there any trips?

Yes, we run trips to London every year. We alternate between the Imperial War Museum, London Science Museum and the V&A Museum depending on when relevant exhibitions are running.

I’m really enjoying Modern History. The course is super interesting and it even covers up to 2007, making it very relevant. We look at lots of renowned events and people such as Vietnam, The NI Troubles, The Russian Revolution, Churchill, Thatcher and Lenin in both Russian and British history, lots of really engaging and compelling topics.

Pippa Markham, History student

I chose to study History because I have always found this subject extremely interesting. I have always liked the idea of having a wide range of knowledge of events from the past, but I also feel an obligation to learn about history. In addition, studying History has shown me exactly why the modern world is the way it is, which I believe is valuable knowledge to have.

Johnnie Benson, History student