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.

Darian Murray-Griffiths

Darian Murray-Griffiths

History - Nunnery Wood High School
I chose to study Modern History because of how it links back to topics already studied at GCSE, such as the rise and fall of Nazi Germany, as well as newer topics such as parliamentary reform and the rise of the trade union movement. The course is interesting because, in conjunction with the other subjects I study such as Classics, Politics and English Literature, it allows me to view the world more holistically and at a deeper level of understanding how things came to be and why they are what they are. History has helped me with essay writing skills and analysis, as well as appreciation for some of the things which I now take for granted. After Sixth Form, I hope to go on to study History and Politics at the University of Oxford.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance 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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