If you are enthusiastic about studying the past, reflecting upon key historical issues and controversies, then choose History at our Sixth Form. We are a vibrant department, willing to engage you in our studies of Modern History.

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Why study History?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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If you are fascinated about the world around us, and wish to gain a deeper understanding of social, political and economic change across this period, then choose this subject as one of your A Levels.

History provides you with the contextual knowledge to make sense of today’s world.  History is a challenging and rigorous A Level that is respected by employers and universities alike and complements most other A Level subjects.

History is a broad subject which allows you to develop your analysis of historical sources and essay writing skills with greater depth and precision. You will read more widely, enlarging your vocabulary to help form coherent and well-reasoned arguments. Class discussions and debates are integral to our lessons as we are interested in your thoughts and ideas about historical controversies.

Our teaching of the subject will involve group work, personal study, role play, quizzes, timed essays, videos, source analysis, podcasts, presentations and an opportunity to attend conferences and visits to historical sights. We currently run trips to St Petersburg and Moscow.

The Course Structure

The AQA specification consists of 3 units taken over 2 years. Together they allow us to study Britain, Russia and Germany over a 200 year period.

Students will study Russia from 1855-1964 and the Development of Modern Britain from 1951-2007. There is also a coursework module in Year 13 investigating the Unification of Germany from 1789-1871.

The assessment of history consists of the following:

  • The Making of Modern Britain  : 40% – 2 hours 30 mins exam
  • Tsarist and Communist Russia : 40% – 2 hours 30 mins exam
  • The Unification of Germany : 20% – NEA 4500 words assignment.

Potential Careers

  • Accountant
  • Archaeologist
  • Civil Servant
  • Historian
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Politician
  • Publisher
  • Teacher
  • The Armed Forces
  • Writer

 Why Study History?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
History A Level 6+ History and 6+ English Language  

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.