Overview

What is this subject about?

The course offers students an opportunity to compare fascist and communist dictators, including Hitler, Stalin and Mao, and investigate the changing fortunes of British Imperialism. By studying History you learn about influential people and events in the past that have shaped the world today in important ways.

What will I study in the first year?

‘Russia, 1917–1991: from Lenin to Yeltsin’ which includes Lenin, Stalin and other communist leaders during the Cold War until the fall of Communism. You will also look in depth at ‘Mao’s China, 1949–1976’, which includes Mao’s victory in the civil war, consolidation of his power, the Great Leap Forward and the Cultural Revolution.

What will I study in the second year?

‘Britain: losing and gaining an empire, 1763–1914’ which includes the American colonies and War of Independence, the abolition of slavery, the scramble for Africa, and Australia, Canada, India and Egypt up to World War One. For coursework you will research interpretations on the popularity of Hitler and Nazi Germany.

How is the course assessed?

Assessment is 80% by examination and 20% coursework, which is written in the second year.

What skills will I need and develop in this course?

A wide range of skills are developed during the study of history including processing and analysing information, evaluating evidence, research and investigation. You will learn to argue effectively and intelligently, while empathising with and understanding the context of the lives of people in the past. You also learn about how to find things out and how to evaluate and criticise arguments, interpretations and ideas.

Careers

What can the course lead to in termsof higher education and future careers?

History is excellent preparation for a large variety of degree courses including History, Law, English, and Politics. A very wide range of career options are open to history students including Journalism and the Media, Publishing, the Civil Service, Local Government, Education, Business (manufacturing retailing and other services), the Armed Forces and many other opportunities. Studying History broadens the mind and gives you valuable research, communication and analytical skills which employers and universities really value.

Entry Requirements

What are the formal entry requirements for this course?

Aside from the general entry criteria that the College requires, you will also need to achieve at least a Grade 4 in GCSE English Language and a grade 4 in History.

You may still be accepted if you did not study History for GCSE provided you can show evidence of good academic achievement in other subjects.

Extra Support

What extra support/enrichment activities are on offer?

The department offers a residential trip to Germany and there are opportunities for workshops and London museum visits.

Subject combination advice

Subject combination advice:

History is a firm foundation for many academic courses and career choices. Due to its strong academic base and broad skills, it works with many subjects. There are no prohibited combinations, but it combines particularly well with English, Politics, Economics, Classics, Philosophy, Sociology and Modern Languages.