History allows you to explore different aspects of the past, and to study how leaders, ordinary people, beliefs and conflict helped shape events. This course focuses times of significant change: on revolution, the collapse of monarchy, and the establishment of new regimes.
You will study Britain 1603-1649 considering the causes and events of the English Civil War; with focus on James I and Charles I and the ways in which they governed
England. You will then opt to study either the Russian Revolution 1917-1929;
exploring Stalin’s rise to power, or The Weimar Republic 1918-1933; exploring the rise of the Nazis.
You will study the consequences of the events covered in Year 1, focusing on the
restoration and limitation of the monarch in Britain 1649-1702; beginning with Cromwell’s Republic and Charles II. You will then continue with your option from Year 1. Students
studying Russia will consider the nature and impact of Stalin’s rule1929-1953; while those studying Germany will consider the impact of the Nazi dictatorship on the
German population. All students will also complete a non-examined assessment on the struggle for black civil rights in America 1865-1968.
- 80% Exam
- 20% Coursework
- Exam Board: AQA
Members of the History Department have the opportunity to take part in a number of popular ‘extra’ activities.
In the past few years these have included representing the college in the Lessons from Auschwitz Project historical film showings at the Picturehouse; talks by visiting speakers; trips to student conferences in London.
- At least 7 GCSEs at Grade 4, including GCSE Maths.
- Grade 5 in GCSE English Language.
- Grade 5 in GCSE History if taken.
Please note; you may be required to pay course costs towards your study on this course. Please click here for a full list of 2021/2022 course costs.
After Long Road
The study of History at this level can lead to a range of careers in fields such as journalism, politics, law and marketing.
Employers also appreciate the qualities that History develops: the ability to question, interpret, and evaluate, think critically, write persuasively and sustain an argument.
Examples of degrees being taken by students who recently completed their courses are:
- History at Sussex University,
- History at Manchester University,
- Politics with History at Liverpool University,
- Law at Southampton University,
- Modern History at Essex University.