The History course at Loreto has three units and follows the AQA specification, units 1 and 2 are assessed by examination and Unit 3 is a coursework essay, which you will start at the end of the first year.
Unit 1 – AQA – 1G Challenge and transformation: Britain, c1851–1964
This module allows you to study in breadth issues of change, continuity, cause and consequence in this period through the following key questions:
Your course is divided into two parts; part one examines Victorian and Edwardian Britain, c1851–1914 and part two examines the World Wars and their legacies, Britain, 1914–1964. You will study part one in your first year and part two in your second year.
Unit 2 – The Birth of the USA 1760-1801
This option provides for the study in depth of the years in which thirteen American colonies chose to sever their links with Great Britain and thus found the USA. This study explores the concepts of imperialism, mercantilism and legitimate government and encourages students to reflect upon the interplay of forces from below and above, the importance of ideology and the economy in political development and the issues facing those who attempt to challenge an established authority.
Unit 3 – Historical investigation
Non-exam assessment (A-level only) – the essay will examine the origins and causes of war in Europe 1850-1941. The investigation should be completed in approximately 3,000 – 3,500 words and must contain an evaluation of at least three primary sources.
History is an excellent subject for a wide range of careers. You can obviously go on to study Modern History, Medieval History, Victorian Studies, etc. and there are also degrees related to History such as American Studies, International Relations or even Egyptology. History can be studied in combination with thousands of other subjects such as languages, Sociology, Mathematics or Zoology, and there are also some subjects such as Law or Journalism which prefer their students to have History A level. The majority of students who take History degrees don’t enter a field connected to History. Those who do can be teachers, archaeologists, tourist guides, museum workers and archivists. Others enter a wide range of professions including marketing, sales, retail, journalism, the armed forces, management, etc. to name just a few. In fact, the many skills you develop by studying History, such as analysis, research, communication and judgement, make it an ideal training for almost any profession. It is highly regarded, and History graduates enter a wider range of professions than from any other subject.
You do not need GCSE History to take the subject at A level.
Did you know History is one of the most common degrees among Presidents, Managing Directors and Comedians?
The department offers a wide range of enrichment activities, such as visits to the 6th form conferences. We encourage students to challenge themselves and several of our students have been successful in winning essay prizes, for example the British Association for American Studies Schools Essay Prize and the Oxford University Pembroke – Corpus Christi History Writing Competition.
We have strong connections with the American Embassy in London and with BAAS. The department also has a very popular and very successful History Society. The society is run largely by students and regularly arranges lectures and visits by speakers from a wide range of universities.
We also run foreign trips including visits to Paris, and our annual department trip to Berlin or to the United States, where we visit New York and Washington and have in the past even been into the White House.