Key transferable skills and a love for History

At Key Stage 3 we aim to enthuse our pupils with a love of history. Using an enquiry-based approach we aim to give a good overview of British History between 1066 and the modern era as well as in-depth investigations of some of its most important events. Our further objective is that they will acquire those historical skills – investigation, analysis, evaluation, organisation and communication, which are universally relevant.

We use a chronological approach to examine key content. In Year 7 we examine areas such as the Norman Conquest, medieval religion, wars and society. Chronological study continues through the Tudors and the Stuarts and on to the Slave Trade. By the end of Year 9 all children will have studied the Industrial Revolution, the causes of the First World War, the Russian Revolution, the causes of the Second World War and some of its key campaigns as well as the Home Front and the atomic bomb.

In short, the Department aims to produce tolerant, open-minded pupils with transferable skills, well aware of how the world in which they live has been shaped and with an enjoyment of history which will continue long after their formal studies have ended.

History is a popular choice at GCSE. We study Modern World History including an overview of the Cold War between 1945 and 2000 and depth studies on Weimar and Nazi Germany and Civil Rights in the United States. Our Controlled Assessment is on the British Home Front in the First and Second World Wars and includes an investigation of the role of women.

History is also a very popular A-Level choice. As well as being extremely interesting the qualification is highly respected by all universities for a very wide variety of courses. The units studied at Lincoln Minster allow students to gain an insight into politics and society in modern world history through the study of exciting and influential events in a range of contrasting states. The course enables students to investigate these societies and make comparisons between them and, in turn, this helps them to engage with and respond to events in the world around us.

In addition history develops many important skills such as using evidence and analysing the strengths and weaknesses of opposing arguments and making supported judgements upon them. These skills are important in law, accounting and business generally where decisions have to be weighed up and justified.

History is a great A-Level for progression into social science and humanities courses at university, such as History, English, Law and Economics. However it is by no means restricted to being useful for these courses alone. Indeed many leading universities also respect science students taking History as the analytical and writing skills gained from it are invaluable in any field.

History is therefore also great as a fourth AS for students thinking of studying medicine or single sciences at university. Its depth, variety and challenging nature means that the skills you learn from History A-Level will remain with you no matter what you choose to study at a higher level.

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