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Everything happening around us today has been influenced by and is a result of what has happened in the past. History can help us predict what could happen in the future.

History is one of the Russell Group universities’ ‘facilitating’ subjects — so called because choosing them at A-level allows a wide range of options for degree study. One of the most flexible of qualifications, History provides an excellent pathway to degrees such as History, Law, English and Philosophy, and beyond that to a range of interesting careers.

The History course at Churchill has a focus on modern revolutions from the peaceful “Glorious Revolution” in England that ushered in modern democracy as we know it, to the violence and upheaval of the Russian Revolution.  In Year 13 the study of Germany is a breadth unit that covers nearly 120 years of German History that sees the birth of a nation, flirtations with democracy and fascism and then the division and re-unification leading to the modern superpower that we now know.

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Subject specific entry requirement: Standard Sixth Form entry plus Grade 5 in History
Qualification: A Level
Topics and areas covered:

Year 12

Britain, 1625–1701: conflict, revolution and settlement.   

Russia in Revolution, 1894–1924.

Year 13

Germany, 1871–1990: united, divided and reunited.

History coursework takes place in year 13 and is a 3000 – 4000 word essay on the nature of Hitler’s rule in Nazi Germany.  This will focus on different historical interpretations of Hitler and is a real opportunity to research one aspect of history in depth and be a real historian!

Future career path:

A History related A Level can be useful and versatile choice leading to a number of careers, including teaching, librarianship, banking and commerce, the law, publishing, museums and art galleries and a wide variety of social work.

Examination information:  
Specific Skills: This intellectually rigorous course is an excellent way for students to develop highly sought after and transferable skills. These include being able to effectively communicate complex ideas, the ability to research, analyse and evaluate information, both orally and in writing, and the capacity to make substantiated judgements, all whilst developing independent work skills.
Additional information: History at Churchill has a terrific reputation for trips where students get to see the places that they have studied in the classroom.  In the past we have visited St Petersburg, Berlin and The USA.