Why study History at A-Level?
“History is a people's memory, and without memory man is demoted to the lower animals.” - Malcolm X
A knowledge of the past is fundamental in understanding the present. The way that individuals, institutions and countries react is almost always a result of events in the past and thus if you know and appreciate this past, then you can better deal with them in the present. This is why many lawyers, journalists and politicians have studied History. The investigative skills required to study History at A-level teach us how to approach any piece of information, be it newspaper articles, crime scenes or political viewpoints, for example, and look for the truth, if there is one.
Topics of study at A-Level
AS: The Crusades and Civil Rights 1950-1968
A2: Britain 1865-1915 and coursework essay on either the career of Winston Churchill or another topic.
Opportunities beyond the classroom
HCS Historical Society, trips (both abroad and in Britain) and visits from leading speakers.
What this subject might lead to
History is regarded as a core qualification to get. Students with History have gone on to be, as said above, lawyers, politicians, journalists, police officers and TV presenters.
Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)
It would be advisable to have at least a grade 6 at GCSE in History, but a healthy interest in the subject is far more important.