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What is History?
History is the study of past events, through ever-changing and varied sources which may be viewed in different ways. Many issues in the news today have historical roots so that studying history will help you to understand the modern world. This makes it a lively and provocative subject to study, full of issues and arguments, investigating past politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money, conflicts, looking at how things have developed over time and how we got to where we are today. If you’re interested in people and their lives in the past, then history is a good choice for you.
The A-level will help you to develop your interest in, and enthusiasm for, history and an understanding of its intrinsic value and significance. You'll build on your understanding of the past through critical and reflective thinking. You'll develop the ability to ask relevant and significant questions about the past and to research them and acquire an understanding of the nature of historical study.
You might study subjects as vast as The German Reformation, England and the Angevin Empire in the Reign of Henry II, The Crusades, The Making of Modern China or Civil Rights and Race Relations in the USA.
In class you'll undertake a range of activities including debates, role plays, presentations, research and decision making games. You'll be able to access resources such as photo archives, music CDs and videos, and you will also be expected to study on your own by reading and taking notes. There may be frequent opportunities to go on field trips or to conferences and even a residential study visit.
If you like the idea of studying History, see this video for more information.