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.
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.
History helps students develop a number of new skills including:
¤ How to investigate facts and use deduction
¤ How to put over your point of view fluently
¤ How to work as a team to achieve results.
What Careers can I do with History?
With your analytical, writing, debate and detective skills, you’ll be primed for a huge range of careers in law, politics, public sector, business, marketing, journalism, economics, teaching, academia, insurance, social research, archaeology and curation (museums, galleries, archives and libraries).
If you enjoy history, it can lead you to a great future. Look at Dermott Murnaghan, journalist, David Sainsbury, Chairman of Sainsbury's, Diane Abbott, MP and broadcaster. You can also count the likes of Melvin Bragg, Anita Roddick, founder of the Body Shop, Monty Python's Michael Palin, Sacha Baron Cohen (AKA Ali G) Louis Theroux, Jonathan Ross, John Prescott, Gordon Brown, Shakira, Al Murray and Cold Play's Chris Martin among other history graduates!
Where can I go with a History qualification?
History is a very popular subject and is highly respected by all universities for a variety of courses the qualification itself can prove extremely interesting, hence explaining its popularity.
History is great subject for progression in courses at university, such as History, English, Law, Journalism and Economics.
However, it is by no means restricted to being useful for these courses alone. Indeed many universities also respect science students taking History as the analytical and writing skills gained from it are invaluable in any field.
Its depth, variety and challenging nature means that the skills you learn from studying History will remain with you no matter what you choose to study in the future.
GCSE History students visiting the Imperial War Museum North (Manchester)
As part of Hocolaust Memorial Day, the 6th form attended a moving recount of Susan Pollack's experience as a Jew in the Nazi occupied territory, including her story as a child suffering in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Mrs. Pollack's impassioned message and emotional life story left a lasting impact on the students who are grateful for this rare and invaluable experience.