This course offers students the opportunity to study important themes and eras from history. Some topics cover a relatively short period of time and in some depth, whilst other themes are studied over a much longer time period in order to understand the processes of change and continuity. Key events, people and issues from the past are covered to give students a greater understanding of the past and its impact on the modern world.
The aims of this course are to encourage students to:
- Acquire knowledge and understanding of the human past.
- Investigate historical events, changes, people and issues.
- Develop understanding of how the past has been represented and interpreted.
- Use historical sources critically in their historical context.
- Organise and communicate knowledge and understanding of history.
- Draw conclusions and appreciate that these and other historical conclusions are liable to reassessment in the light of new or reinterpreted objectives.
- Develop an interest in and an enthusiasm for history, and to acquire a sound basis for further historical study. Employers regard History students very highly due to the research process and skills they acquire within the subject.
The course covers four topics:
- The American Westm c1835-c1895
- Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
- Medicine through time, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-18: injuries, treatment and the trenches
- Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39
Your work will include:
- Researching using books, ICT and videos
- Role play and discussion
- Group presentations
- Source analysis (Inference, Comparisons, Reliability, Interpretations and Evaluation)
There is the opportunity to study History at A Level; a number of students go on to study History at university each year. It would also link well with they study of Politics at A Level.