Welcome to the History Department
General aims and Objectives
The department strives to provide the best possible standard of education to girls of all abilities and backgrounds, through well planned and focused teaching of the highest calibre. Its aims are also to stimulate interest in the subject, to encourage independent study and hard work and to enable the achievement of the highest grades in the public examinations.
- To promote an understanding of history as a discipline, including the nature and diversity of its sources, methods and interpretations.
- To develop pupils/students awareness of their own historical identity through the study of the historical experiences of different cultures in the past.
- To help pupils/students understand the present through critical reflection upon the past.
- To encourage both pupils and students to become independent learners and to develop their research skills.
Educational Trips & Conferences
In order to develop pupils/students understanding and enthusiasm for both subjects, the department has organised many trips in the past and will continue to do so in the future, subject to the approval of the Head Teacher. In the past the following trips/conferences have taken place.
- Year 12 trip to Berlin (with the Modern Foreign Languages’ department).
- Year 12/13 ‘A’ level conferences.
The senior History society is run by a group of year 13 students. Their aim is to broaden their knowledge and understanding of History beyond the topics taught at â€˜Aâ€™ level. They therefore organise visits to universities such as the London School of Economics to attend lectures
Recommended Reading Websites/ Publications
There is a wealth of resources and information for those pupils and students studying History. Some useful websites are listed below:
- School History - GCSE & IGCSE History Revision Resources
- Active History - Educational, Award Winning Resources
- Museum Websites - A list of the 40 most popular UK Museums.
- National Portrait Gallery
Publications such as History Today and History Review are very useful for history students.
Key Stage Five
Course Content - What Will I Study
Two topics will be studied:
UNIT 1C: The Tudors 1485-1603
- Year 1: Henry VII & Henry VIII.
- Year 2: Edward VI, Mary I & Elizabeth I.
UNIT 2O: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945
- Year 1: Weimar Germany 1918-1933.
- Year 2: Nazi Germany 1933-1945.
Coursework - UNIT 3: Historical Investigation over a 100 year period
- The topic chosen is: The USA: From Reconstruction to Civil Rights, c. 1877-1981.
How will my progress be tested and examined?
- AS Level: Two written examinations, each 1½ hours (each paper is 50% of AS Level)
- A Level: Two written examinations, each 2½ hours (each paper is 40% of A Level)
- An Historical Investigation of 3000-3500 words (20% of A level)
Progression - How will the study of History benefit students’ future education and career?
- Knowledge gained from the study of History is in itself worthwhile, but it is also an excellent subject for developing and improving skills.
- You will learn to analyse and explain why something happened.
- You will examine different sources and learn to judge and evaluate them in their given context in order to reach a valid conclusion.
- You will have an opportunity to compare and contrast views so that you can reflect on why there are many different interpretations of the same event.
- You will have the opportunity to construct a coherent answer and organise your ideas so that you can communicate them in a clear and concise way.
- Successful historians are able to produce a well justified argument using evidence to support their views.
- These skills are useful in many fields of work, from law to journalism, from research to archaeology.
- Many historians also pursue a career in banking or finance.