To enjoy A Level History you need to be an enthusiastic and discriminating reader, capable of organising a mass of data, analysing information, disentangling conflicting opinions and drawing independent conclusions.
You will learn to write clearly and succinctly, supporting arguments with precisely selected examples. There will be two separate History courses for 2016-2018
In the Lower 6 you will choose
- Luther and the German Reformation, 1515-55
- England, 1509-1603: authority, nation and religion
- In Search of the American Dream: the USA 1917-96
- South Africa, 1948-94: from apartheid state to 'rainbow nation'
In the Upper Sixth the following courses are studied
- Lancastrians, Yorkists and Henry VII, 1399-1509
- The witch craze in Britain, Europe and North America, 1580-1750
- Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, 1780-1928
- The Cold War 1945-90 (coursework)
In the Sixth Form, History combines well with English, Classical and Modern Languages, Religion & Philosophy, Art and Music, or with more scientific subjects such as Geography or Economics. Pure scientists may also find a study of History an exciting yet different challenge. A qualification in History is highly valued by university departments such as Law, American Studies or Sociology as well as those departments offering traditional ‘school’ subjects.