Why study History?

“History gives answers only to those who know how to ask questions.” – Hajo Holborn

Knowledge of the past is fundamental in understanding the present. The way that individuals, institutions and countries react is almost always as 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, and look for the truth, if there is one.

Topics of study at A-Level

Three components including:

  • Britain: Challenge & Transformation, c.1851 – 1964
  • France in Revolution, 1774–1815
  • Coursework (independent topic of choice)
The thing I love about the subject at A-Level is the epic sweep of narrative history. The stories are great!
Ryan, Sixth Form History Student

Opportunities beyond the classroom

HCS Historical Society trips (both abroad and in Britain), History Society extension seminars, and visits from leading speakers.

What this subject might lead to

History is regarded as a core qualification. Students with History have gone on to be lawyers, politicians, journalists, social workers, police officers and TV presenters.

Suggested entrance requirement (if applicable)

It would be advisable to have at least a 6 in History, but a healthy interest in the subject is far more important.