History is a popular A-Level subject at Merchant Taylors’, taught by three subject specialists whose passion and enthusiasm for their particular areas of interest is passed on to the girls in their tutelage.

The aim of our passionate History department is that all girls finish their Sixth Form study having immersed themselves in a variety of historical periods in a number of countries and have the ability to evaluate the validity of differing historical interpretations and a good understanding of historiography.

This course gives girls the opportunity to work collaboratively and/or independently and gain transferable skills which will help them in other subjects, further studies and future career. A Sixth Form historian is likely to find themselves analysing everything from religious or political reform to modern cinematic masterpieces.

The AQA specification is divided into three units, namely:

Unit 1 – Challenge and Transformation: Britain c1851–1964
Unit 2 – Revolution and Dictatorship: Russia 1917-1953
Unit 3 – Historical Investigation personal study based on a topic of the student’s choice

History is an important subject for those wishing to study History, Archaeology or Politics at university, while it also considered useful for other courses, such as Law, Journalism, Business or Forensics. Employers also value the academic rigour and the resulting abilities in analysis and evaluation.