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History at The Hewett School

Course description

History is a subject that is relevant to all aspects of life and work. Far from being narrowly vocational, it offers insights from a longer perspective, enabling you to understand the background behind many contemporary issues and debates. Its study embraces social, economic and political questions that can be pursued at university through greater specialisation or in combination with other subjects.

History A Level is a well-respected qualification and highly thought of by all further education establishments as an indication of real academic ability and cross-curricular skills. At The Hewett Sixth Form we have chosen a combination of papers that allow our teachers to teach to their individual strengths and areas of specialism, as well as providing our students with a broad range of topics that are international, national and even local in their scope. In the first year you will study the Russian Revolution and Stalin’s Russia as well as the experience of warfare in Britain 1854-1929, which explores the Crimean, Boer and First World Wars. In the second year you will look in depth at the history of the United States between 1917 and 1954 and also research the changing role and status of women in Britain between 1850 and 1950.

As you increase your understanding of the topics and the historical processes, you will debate issues that relate both to the period and modern events, and develop literacy skills that are valued in higher education and the world of work.

While many people undertake a course in History through interest, it is the case that key positions in government, the civil service and the professions are held by people with a History qualification. A Level History also provides a good platform for training in law, journalism, broadcasting, commerce and industry, administrative and personnel work, as well as specialist careers in teaching, archaeology, museums, conservation, archive and library work.

History develops your critical and analytical senses. You will hone your GCSE skills by learning to analyse and express differing opinions and interpretations through a coherent response. You will also need to research and select information in order to answer complex questions, and to be aware of possible outcomes. Above all, it is a subject which can become a life-long interest.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hewett School directly.

Last updated date: 04 March 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years