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Why study history?

History provides a genuine education. In a world dominated by training and statistics, history provides the student with the perfect preparation for a full engagement in all that the future may have to offer. History is more relevant now than perhaps ever before – without it we may never understand the world in which we live.

History fuels and satisfies the curious. It can instruct, excite and perplex, but above all else it challenges individuals to think about the world in a different light and to begin to think independently and intelligently about issues that have interested the greatest minds of the age.

A good historian is an argumentative soul. The core of the subject is not the routine memory of facts and dates, but the ability to present a coherent, convincing and even entertaining opinion – at A-level, we are not interested in the mindless regurgitation of information.

History graduates have one of the highest rates of graduate employment, pursuing a wide range of career paths. The possession of a history degree opens many doors as the skills developed are highly valued by many management and business communities. A historian is erudite, informed, confident and sophisticated in their learning and in their approach to work.

There is the option to study one of two courses – either early modern history or modern history.

What our students say

“The beauty about history is that it is a study of the past, unfiltered by industries, markets, subjects and other disciplines. It can be a study of anything! There isn’t any other subject that offers insight into so many areas and keeps the door open!” Akash

“History is a subject which opens all doors and closes none. It allows you to show a wide range of research, analysis and presentation skills which stand you in good stead for the future.” Adam

Entry requirements

Grade 6 history at GCSE.

Potential courses

  • History
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Economics
  • Architecture
  • Management
  • Accountancy
  • Advertising
  • Medicine

Potential careers

  • Lawyer
  • Solicitor
  • Civil Servant
  • Journalist
  • Academic
  • Teacher
  • Author
  • Politician
  • Curator


The A-level course

% of A-level courseAssessment
Unit 140Written paper. Three questions, 2 hours 30 minutes
Unit 240Written paper. Three questions, 2 hours 30 minutes
Unit 320Coursework (3,000-3,500 words). A topic of each student’s own choice

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