History is the study of the past. It is about the way that people have lived, the relationships between different peoples, countries and cultures, and the way that societies have developed. History is full of controversial moments, interesting characters, and world-changing events, many of which continue to have a legacy and create discussion in the present.
History is an important subject as it helps us to understand how the world that we live in has been shaped. Consider the problems and issues currently in the news and you may well notice that there are similarities with events of the past, as many current events have their roots in history.
Mr T Rhodes
Curriculum Leader for History
By understanding history, we understand so much more about who we are and where we come from.
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Examination 100% (three papers)
Outline of course content:
Paper 1: Thematic study and historic environment
Paper 2: Period study and British depth study
Paper 3: Modern depth study
Outline of course structure:
For paper one, you will explore the following; medicine in Britain, c1250-present; and the British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches. The medicine paper will develop ideas about the causes of illness, approaches to prevention and treatment, and case studies through a range of time periods.
For paper two, you will focus on the following; early Elizabethan England, 1558-88; and superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-1991. The Elizabethan study will explore government, religion, challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad and Elizabethan society in the Age of Exploration. The Cold War study will focus on origins of the Cold War, Cold War crisis, and the end of the Cold War.
For paper three, you will explore the following; Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39. This study will explore the Weimar Republic, Hitler’s rise to power, Nazi control and dictatorship, and life in Nazi Germany, focusing on Nazi policies and their impacts.
Careers using History
Interested in the past and how it affects the present and shapes the future?
Investigating and understanding past events can be useful in many areas of work. Some careers need a degree; others can be entered with lower-level qualifications.
Besides gaining knowledge, studying history can help you develop a range of skills that are relevant to many different careers. They include:
History is useful for a range of careers including:
Other areas of work that can make use of the skills and knowledge gained through studying history include: journalism, travel and tourism, work with charities, legal, and Civil Service careers.
Getting started and progressing
If you’re keen to pursue History, your first step is to get good GCSE grades before you start a sixth form or college course, and do A-Levels or equivalent. At higher education level, you can study history on its own or you can combine it with many other subjects, such as law or politics. A huge range of combinations is available.
If you’re keen to stand out, you can volunteer at a local museum or National Trust property, or on a project of local historical interest.