History is a very exciting subject and a popular one. It generates an enthusiastic and enduring interest in the subject and promotes the key objectives of developing your ability to think for yourself and to arrive at logical and reasoned judgements which you will be able to articulate clearly. Many staff in the department are examiners for OCR and have a lot of experience. In preparation for your examinations, you will study specific periods and topics with the emphasis on increasingly independent work and intimate engagement in class will be encouraged.
The OCR course is followed which gives a breadth and depth of study. Pupils will study both the 16th and 19th Centuries. In the 16th Century a study of both Britain under the Tudors is examined along with the European study of Spain from 1469 - 1556. Moving forward to the 19th Century pupils will examine the rise of German nationalism, and subsequent unification. A private study essay is also completed as coursework which allows the students a chance to study something of personal interest.
Visits and extra-curricular activity are an integral part of each syllabus taught and outings are arranged whenever possible. An international History trip is organised either to Paris, Brussels or Spain as well as outings to local sites and the theatre where appropriate and to Sixth Form Conferences. The department also arranges regular lectures for the Historical Association for the students and members of the local community who are interested in historical issues and events.
It is usual for there to be at least one Oxbridge candidate who studies History every year and a large proportion of pupils exceed the standard expected of them in public exams.
The Historical Association has written a pamphlet on History as a preparation for a Career which can be downloaded by clicking on this link and students go on to study degree courses including history, management, media studies, international affairs, law and social sciences.