It is not essential to have studied History at GCSE, as skills and subjects are developed during the course. Many students return to the subject after GCSEs, although it is generally expected that at least Grade 5 is achieved in English and History at GCSE.
What does the course involve?
During Year 12, you will study 2 units:
- Britain 1930-1997 (Including an in depth study of Winston Churchill)
- The French Revolution and Napoleon
During Year 13, you will study a further 2 units:
- Russia and it's Rulers (1855-1964)
Coursework: 4,000 word assignment on any topic of your choice illustrating different Historical Perspectives on that subject. The coursework will develop investigatory skills and prepare students for undergraduate studies
What can this course lead to?
- The study of History trains you to select relevant information, assess the validity of an argument, think and write logically and make informed judgements about controversial issues. It thereby equips you for a wide variety of careers. It is certainly an ideal grounding for law, involving, as both do, the deployment of argument based on evidence.
- The skill most developed by History is that of critical analysis and the ability to express ideas, knowledge and interpretations clearly and coherently. In the fields of management, law, administration, accountancy, journalism and marketing, this is a highly valued asset.