Sixth Form


BSP 0326

COURSE LEADER: Mr M Hryniewicz

We are products of our histories! The world that we live in has been shaped through time. By studying history, we gain a better understanding of the diverse world we live in. History helps us understand concepts such as change, continuity, cause and consequence, significance, and diversity. By investigating the past – by studying evidence and interpretations – we can evaluate information. Thereby giving us the skills to assess and evaluate information on a day – to – day basis. History also tells us who we are!​

As a department, our intent is to ensure that our curriculum provides students with the effective opportunities to:

  • Enjoy a knowledgeable-rich curriculum and explore how history shaped Britain and the World
  • Travel to locations which are relevant to our student’s curriculum content e.g., Berlin, Normandy
  • Provide opportunities for students to gain an understanding and skills how to evaluate sources
  • Provide students with an array of transferable knowledge which will aid them in their further learning, employment, or apprenticeships

The History curriculum is underpinned by the following key Historical second order concepts and themes. These concepts/themes are revisited in each unit in order for students to connect prior learning with the new ideas:

  • Change and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Significance
  • Similarity and difference
  • Evidence
  • Interpretations

Key themes:

  • Religion
  • Conflicts
  • Diversity
  • Politics
  • Creativity
  • Civil rights
  • Human rights
  • Societies

Our A Level History specification provides a fantastic curriculum for our students to ignite and engage their passions and interests.

Our students will study:

  • The history of more than one country or state in addition to the study of British history.
  • Undertake a thematic study, covering an extended period of history of approximately 100 years 
  • Explore a topic in history they have an interest in through the coursework element.

Our aim is to create independent learners, critical thinkers, and decision-makers – all personal assets that can make them stand out as they progress to higher education and/or the workplace.

Grade 5 or above if studied GCSE History.


The skills and knowledge gained lead to a range of jobs:  Many students go on to university. History could lead you into local or national politics, charity work, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, or the Civil Service. History could lead to a career in law, and the police force. It could develop into a career in restoration work. It could help you find work in the heritage industry (stately homes, theme parks). History plus Drama/Theatre Studies could help you work in the theatre, television or films. History could lead to work in a gallery, auction house or you might want to become an architect or architectural technician, specialising in projects involving listed buildings and heritage areas. The Armed Forces are also delighted to get recruits with an interest in history