Why study History?
People who study history are fearless explorers of the past. They investigate past politics, societies, cultures, languages, health, art, education, money, conflicts and more, look at how things have developed over time and connect the dots to understand how we got where we are today

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    But it’s all in the past, why is History useful to students now?
    It would be great to know what could happen before we make an important decision wouldn’t it? Well, studying history can help us do this on a big scale. By analysing past events we learn about the consequences of people’s actions, from kings & queens to the London baker who forgot to put his fire out on September 2nd 1666… If we apply this knowledge to the present, governments, businesses and individuals can learn lessons from past mistakes or successes and make informed choices about their futures.

    In history we study lots of different sources and learn that events are often the result of complex and multiple factors. It’s never as simple as person A whacking person B over the head and starting a war. Politics, communication, beliefs, misunderstandings and even the environment can shape the way things turn out. Look at all the different stuff that came together to make things spiral out of control in Game of Thrones…(OK we know this isn’t real history, but an understanding of medieval European politics really helps to write it!) Essentially, history helps us see the bigger picture in 3D.

    What skills will I get from studying History?
    History teaches us to ask two very important questions: why and how. This is key to sharpening your critical thinking abilities, which combine analysis, research, essay writing and communication skills to help you to solve problems and form arguments for debate.
    Historians look at all the available evidence and come to conclusions, a lot like a good detective, which helps them learn to be organised and manage information.

    What do we learn?

    British History
    Two sections with one exam to assess both.

    1. Thematic Study: Crime and Punishment c. 1250 to present.

      This is about how crime and punishment has changed over time as Britain has changed from most people living and farming to people in cities and the effects that this has had on what crimes there are as well as how this change as well as beliefs and attitudes have affected punishment over time.
    2. British Depth Study: The Norman Conquest 1066-1087.

      1066 is the year that changed England from a Saxon to a French Norman country. This led to dramatic change and this depth study looks at what this was, from a new system of government to the building of castles and cathedrals

    History Around Us

    One exam about a local site to Thorns.

    World History
    Two sections with one exam to assess both.

    1. Period Study: The Making of America 1789-1900.

      This is the story of how over a short period of time the USA came into existence and how American settlers moved to develop the whole of the country, with the impact this had on native peoples and how slavery was ended.
    2. World Depth Study: Living under Nazi Rule 1933-1945.

      The impact of the Nazis on the people of Germany from their rise to power to their defeat at the end of the Second World War.