Why study History?
The History Department seeks to create an enjoyment of the study of History, combined with a rigour for learning. The Department is staffed by enthusiasts with a commitment to bring the subject to life by using a variety of techniques. We encourage our students to develop the skills of critical enquiry, analysis and the construction of sharply focused and detailed argument. In doing so our aim is that each student achieves their individual potential in the subject. In the long term we wish their study of History to give them the capacity to understand and appreciate the world, both past and present.
What does History offer?
History offers the opportunity to study a range of complex issues in depth and links to a number of other subjects at A level, most notably English, Geography, Philosophy and Politics. It teaches you to analyse and evaluate many different types of information, to express yourself in a clear and precise manner as well as gain an understanding of different people and cultures. Sixth Form Historians are naturally inquisitive, interested students who love to debate issues and get to the root of an argument. Students studying History go on to many different professions including Law, the Civil Service and the City. Each year a number of students from Dean Close study History-based degrees at university, including Oxford and Cambridge.
What will I learn?
History A level is a linear course. Students choosing to study History will complete the full A level and will be examined at the end of the two years. In line with
Government guidelines, students choosing to study
History at A level MUST:
- Study the History of more than one country
- Study any aspect of British History
- Study topics from a chronological range of at least 200 years.
Jonathan Sheldon Head of History and Politics
Outside the classroom: There are a number of opportunities to meet historians and visit key historical sites at Sixth Form. In recent years students have held court with the
likes of David Starkey and Philipa Gregory. Many students go on to study History at top universities such as ULC, Warwick, Exeter, Durham & Bristol.