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; Coursework on Historical Interpretations: the origins of the Holocaust (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.


Maya Stewart

History - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study Modern History at A-Level as I enjoyed the subject at GCSE, particularly when looking at more contemporary topics such as the First World War. The subject has helped me to analyse evidence and reach conclusions based on this, as well as allowing me to gain an insight into interesting topics such as the structure and policies of regimes such as Nazi Germany and Fascist Italy. Studying History has also highlighted the subject’s connection to politics, and how political ideologies shape the modern world. This has contributed to my decision to apply to study a joint honours degree in History and Politics after I finish college.
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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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