Without an understanding of the past it is very difficult to make sense of the present.
By choosing to study A-level History, students will find out so much more about this - sometimes bewildering - present world. They will also attain a highly academic qualification that is recognised by universities and employers alike. The History Department has a large and flourishing Sixth Form entry. There are five highly experienced teaching staff who have helped students attain excellent results for many years.
The course offers a great deal of flexibility and enables teachers to focus on some of the key moments in the nineteenth and twentieth century. Students will have two teachers, who share the teaching of the three units. There will be historical investigations into topics such as: the reasons why the Civil Rights movement was successful in the 1960s; why the British Government felt compelled to build an Empire in the nineteenth century. Our biannual trip to Washington DC and New York is always popular too.
In the Upper Sixth, there is the opportunity for students to pursue an individual study based on their own research of Germany 1756-1871, as well as to complete the study of the American Dream 1945-1980 and British Empire 1857-1967.
The students have to work hard and are encouraged to develop their own views and ideas, but most find the course enjoyable and satisfying. Indeed, many choose to read History at university and receive special attention to enhance their chances of a successful application.
History enjoys a certain kudos as a subject; universities and employers acknowledge the sophisticated intellectual and analytical skills the study of history develops. Therefore, a student’s chances of entering the best universities or attaining a good job are greatly enhanced. It is no coincidence that a large percentage of politicians, top civil servants, professional and business people have history degrees. For example, historians make excellent lawyers as they are used to handling evidence, making a judgment and arguing a case in their studies. In the business world it is the analytical study of past performance, etc. which determines future decisions. After all, nobody wants to risk repeating the mistakes of the past!