This course is broad both in chronology, spanning from AD 500 to the present, and in areas covered, allowing you to focus on the parts of history that interest you. In the first year, you will develop the skills required for the writing and debating of history; in year two, you will research and write an analysis of the historiography of an area of your choice, and in the third year, you will write a dissertation and undertake a Special Subject, allowing you to make a detailed study of a particular historical topic, working with primary sources.
Required subjects: A in history at A level or equivalent IB score: 34 (6 in history)
The History core is Learning History, a skill and methodology based module. The emphasis is on reflecting on the nature of history as a discipline and to develop the skills required for the writing and debating of history. You also take survey modules on European history from late antiquity to the present and subsidiary modules from other schools which can be history-related.
The History core module is Exploring Historiography, intended to develop independence of mind and critical abilities, which involves planning, researching and writing a 5000-word analysis of the historiography of a topic of your choice. You also choose modules ranging from medieval, early modern and modern history, focusing on particular countries or regions within Europe and Asia.
You take a special subject, which focuses on a specialised area of history and test their conclusions against primary sources. These skills are further developed in a 10,000-word dissertation based on an individual research project. To balance this intensive study, you take two additional optional modules devoted to particular themes or periods to broaden your horizon.