Why Study History?

'Not to know what took place before you were born is to remain a child forever’

The study of what happened in the past is vital to our understanding of
the present.
The two A Level History courses provide an opportunity to study either:

  • Germany and West Germany, 1918-89; The Rise and Fall of Fascism in Italy, c1911-46; Protest, Agitation and Parliamentary Reform in Britain c1780-1928; Historical Interpretations: Bolshevik Russia 1917-1941 or the Origins of the First World War (Modern History - Edexcel)

  • Spain in the Age of Discovery, 1469-1598; The English Revolution, 1625-1660; and coursework on Louis XIII and Louis XIV of France, 1610-1715 (Early Modern History - AQA)

Why Study History at Worcester Sixth Form College?

History links well with many other subjects available at College, particularly Politics, Law, Sociology, Philosophy, Ethics & Religion, Classical Civilisation, Geography and Economics.

Past field trips have included visits to Prague, Berlin, Austria and France as well as visits to sites of local interest, such as the Commandery, and attendance at lectures and conferences relating to exam topics, such as a visit to the Holocaust Centre in
Nottinghamshire to hear testimonies of Holocaust survivors.

Progression Opportunities

A Level History is a well-regarded subject by all universities. It is particularly useful to those who wish to follow a career in Law, the Civil Service, Local Government and Politics, Teaching or the Social Services. Many students go on to pursue the subject at degree level and beyond.

Recently, one female student went to Cambridge University to study Human, Social and Political Sciences, whilst last year another started reading the Early Modern period at Warwick University having achieved an A* at Early Modern History A Level.

Maddie Meredith - History

Madeleine Meredith

History - Lacon Childe School
I chose to study Early Modern History as the course explored topics that I knew little about. History also harmonises with my English and Religious Studies A Levels as there are contextual cross overs between themes such as religion but they also focus on similar time periods. I felt it was important to study History to aid me for my future plans. History is a facilitating subject, and therefore helped me secure a place to study Law at university. The thinking and reasoning skills which the course has taught me has greatly improved my essay technique, which is vital when transitioning into higher education. History is a facilitating subject and, therefore, helped me secure a place to study Law at university.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification Name Maths GCSE Req. English GCSE Req. Other Req. Desirable Qualifications Skills & Attributes Required for Success Guidance on Costs or Commitments
History4GCSE History, if taken, at grade 4 or above. Refer to department if History not takenAbility to meet deadlines and to think critically.Optional trip to France, Germany or Russia may be offered (approx. £200 - £600)

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