History A Level (OCR) at The High School for Girls
History is a fascinating subject in its own right. We hope students have enjoyed their GCSE courses and want to have the opportunity to study it further. History explains why the world is like it is today, and gives students an understanding of how societies deal with problems and opportunities. Just think of the News at the moment: financial meltdown; worries about European power; crisis in the Middle East; tense relations with Russia; the power of religion to cause conflict. All of these things have happened before, and by learning from the past we can understand how to deal with the present.
Modules include: The early Tudors (Henry VIII, the dissolution of the monasteries, the Reformation and Henry's divorces, revolts and rebellions); South Africa 1948-99 (Apartheid, Nelson Mandela and world reaction); the Middle East 1908-2011 (Israel, terrorism, the Gulf War and "Arab Spring"); personal study.
Students should have gained at least a Grade B in History GCSE. In exceptional circumstances (for instance students whose schools offered restrictive GCSE options), we may accept students who have not studied History for GCSE, but who have gained good English GCSE results.
History is one of the most popular subjects for students to study at university, and we have been consistently successful at helping students to gain places at Oxbridge and other top universities over the years. At present we have historians at Oxford, Exeter, York, Durham, Edinburgh, Warwick, Birmingham and many other universities. History students are in demand for a variety of careers in business, government, finance, the media and Law because of the skills they learn:
• to sift information and decide what is reliable;
• to reach informed judgements about major issues;
• to present ideas coherently both orally and in writing.
Also, many universities value History as an A Level for students wishing to study medicine, as the above qualities allied to excellence in Science help to make students effective communicators and team-workers.
Beyond the classroom we encourage students to broaden their research by using books, magazines and video links from our department website; we support numerous students who wish to pursue their EPQ studies on a historical theme; we run visits to local castles; and we encourage students to participate in nationwide competitions run by the Historical Association
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The High School for Girls directly.