The study of History is popular. Those who enjoy finding out about the past discover themselves fascinated by the inter-involvement of different threads and themes. If you want to know why something is the way it is today then History is for you. You will study the history of a variety of countries, and develop a variety of academic skills. These range from researching any topic, developing your own ideas and arguments whilst maintaining your objectivity and understanding the different sides of an argument.

What qualifications do I need?

What is necessary to study History at this level is simply an interest in the past and a reasonably good command of English. The prospective Historian needs to have an enquiring mind which demands evidence to prove theories. It is not essential to have studied the subject at GCSE.


The course will involve the study of British and World History. This will be divided into two examined units and a coursework unit at the end of Year 13.

Unit 1 – Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702.

Unit 2 – The American Dream: reality and illusion 1945-1980.

Unit 3 – Historical investigation— France 1783-1905.

General comments

Much of the study of History is based on research, both your own and other peoples. However, the beauty of this research is that it can be done in many ways. History is literally all around us so television programmes, the radio or visits to historical sites can help. Even the cinema can help to fuel your interest and set your research on the right track. The one crucial skill is being able to talk to your colleagues. Your ideas and research will inevitably lead you to disagree with those about you but that is what makes the study of history so fun. Where there is one view point there is always another. There is of course another reason to study history, it is fascinating.

‘Only a good for nothing is not interested in his past.’ – Sigmund Freud

What current students say

“Great subject, great teachers, great choice.”

“History is the one subject where you are allowed to have an argument (historical of course!) with your class mates and not get told off.”

“Without doubt the most interesting and fun subject I’ve studied.”

Future Prospects

History is quite simply unique among all subjects. It opens up career opportunities in any field. This is because it teaches you such a huge variety of skills that you will not find anywhere else. Ask any employer, be they from the medical profession or a captain of industry and they will tell you that history is a great qualification to have. For example, did you know that Lord Sainsbury the Chairman of Sainsbury’s supermarket, and Ali G both have history degrees? University courses for recent students have included not just an increasing number choosing to study History, but also Engineering, Medicine, Music, English and Law.