Pupils demonstrate high levels of skill, knowledge and understanding across the curriculum

ISI 2013


History can be combined with any subject in the Sixth Form. We follow the new OCR syllabus and study two units in the Lower Sixth and two units in the Upper Sixth.

Why study History?

History is a highly regarded academic subject that can open up a wide range of career opportunities. It helps students to develop skills that are highly prized by both universities and employers alike such as the ability to analyse, make judgements and select and organise information. History is an excellent foundation for a number of well-respected degree topics including Law, Journalism, International Relations, Politics, Teaching, Banking and Accountancy. It is one of eight A Level subjects regarded as ‘a facilitating’ subject by the Russell Group (a group of the top 24 UK universities), for its ability to provide access to a wide range of academic degrees.

Course content

Lower Sixth: In the Lower Sixth students study two modules, both of which are examined at the end of the Upper Sixth year. The first module considers the apartheid regime in South Africa from its implementation in 1948 through to its fall in 1994. Students will consider why a minority government sought to impose discrimination on the black African population, the actions of key opposition figures such as Nelson Mandela, and how South Africa has dealt with the legacy apartheid left behind. The second module considers the early Tudors, 1485-1558, and examines the trials and tribulations of Henry VII, Henry VIII, Edward VI and Mary. From the machinations of Wolsey, to the pursuit of status by the competing factions, the course gets to grips with the power and ambition at the heart of Tudor England. Who can we trust? Was anyone out for the greater good?

Upper Sixth: The A Level continues into the Upper Sixth with a 3000-4000 word coursework assignment on a title chosen by the student. This assignment allows students to investigate a topic they are personally interested in and undertake wider research and reading in order to build up their own knowledge and understanding. The second Upper Sixth unit is an examined course looking at civil rights in the USA from 1865 to 1992. This unit covers a broad spectrum of topics including women’s rights, labour rights, Native American Indians and Africans Americans.

Results: Results are impressive and many students go on to study History or a related subject, such as Law or International Relations, at university. In 2016 and 2015 100% of students achieved grades A*-C, with 82% and 70% respectively achieving the highest grades A*-B.

Additional information: In addition to their OCR course, Sixth Form historians have the opportunity each year to visit Auschwitz Extermination Camp as part of a programme run by the Holocaust Education Trust. Some are also invited to join the Drake Society which tries to resolve some of the big issues facing the modern world, using an historical perspective


Pupils demonstrate high levels of skill, knowledge and understanding across the curriculum

ISI 2013
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