The problem with history is that it makes people think’ (Leonid Brehznev 1967)

Skills and Previous Experience Required

You can take AS and A Level History without having studied History at GCSE at all. To do so you must have achieved at least a Grade ‘4’ grade in English Language, with grade 5 being desirable. GCSE History is preferred but not compulsory.

You will also need to have an enquiring mind, an interest in the past, strong communication skills or a desire to develop these and like using evidence to challenge conventional thought. Career opportunities associated with the subject are varied and include business management, journalism, politics, the police, teaching, the media, accountancy and human resources to name only a few.

What will I study?

In Year 12

Unit 1: British Political History 1783–1832

This will include economic, political, social and industrial development over this period. Examples are:

  • The government of Pitt the  Younger and his successors.
  • Living and working conditions.
  • The effects of industrialisation and the sometimes violent resistance to     economic change.
  • The Great reform Act of 1832.

Unit 2: The Cold War 1945-1963

This will include a study of key international events that shaped the post-war world. Examples are:

  • The creation of the cold war.
  • The Berlin airlift and the Berlin Wall.
  • The Korean War.
  • The space race.
  • The Cuban Missile Crisis.

What will I study?

In Year 13

Unit 1: British Political History 1783–1885

This will build upon the Year 12 content and will include economic, political, social and industrial development over this period.

Examples are:

  • Social reform, focussing on education, working conditions and the treatment of the poor.
  • The development of the railways  and international trade.
  • Political reform and the extension of the franchise.

Unit 2: The Cold War 1945-1991

This will include:

  • The Vietnam War.
  • Relations with China.
  • The roles of Reagan, Thatcher and Gorbachev.
  • The collapse of communism.

Unit 3: Coursework

A 100 year study of the development of Germany. Students will write a piece of coursework between 3500– 4000 words in length answering a question  provided by their teacher.

Why study History?

History provides graduates with a wide range of transferable skills. Students develop the ability to understand and analyse issues and events to a high level of competence. 

Other marketable skills include:

· A talent for clear expression, both oral and written.

· Gathering, investigating and  assessing material.

· Basing conclusions on research and generating ideas.

· Organising material in a logical and coherent way.

A small sample of some of the many careers related to the study of history include those in: accountancy, administration, archaeology architecture, archives, the armed forces business management, the civil service, conservation, the heritage industry, human resources, journalism, law, local government, media, the police, politics, publishing, teaching, tourism, university research.

For more information speak to Mr Crunkhorn.